Coda Development, inventors of the Self Inflating Tire (SIT), which won Tire Technology of the Year award at the Tire Technology Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2009, in Hamburg, Germany, is looking for partners to commercialize the product, the company said in a March 19 press release. The company is looking for suitable partners with sufficient resources and know-how to finalize the R&D process and produce pre-production prototypes of the SIT to undergo on-road testing.
The SIT uses atmospheric air to inflate the tire automatically while the vehicle is in motion, compensating for natural loss of pressure, and ensuring constant tire pressure over the lifetime of a tire, according to the company. Primarily designed to aid fuel economy and safety, the system consists of two components: the tube chamber serving the function of a peristaltic pump for the tire, and a managing valve to control the inflation.
Details on the product are available here.