Few companies no tires better than Michelin. Having spent more than a century playing a prominent role in the industry’s development, the company has made world-class tires its raison d’etre and has done a lot over the decades to make our cars and roads safer.
Undoubtedly a revolutionary, Michelin appears to have outdone itself with its new Premier A/S tire with EverGrip, which — unlike conventional tires — use a unique set of features to prolong wet traction even as they becomes worn. The innovative tires use three main elements to achieve this unprecedented level of traction:
- High-traction Rubber Compound with extreme amounts of silica and sunflower oil, the former providing the bonding strength and adherence to keep the treads on the road for better traction in wet conditions, and the latter allowing the tire to grip on wet roads at lower temperatures.
- Expanding Rain Grooves that, unlike on regular tires, get wider as the treads wear, helping maintain the amount of water that the tire can channel away even as these grooves lose depth.
- Emerging Grooves that serve as another set of grooves that emerge along the shoulder of the tire as it becomes worn, further helping in channeling water away and maintaining wet traction as miles are logged.
Who would have thought using a household item like sunflower oil can make tires safer? Not me, that’s for sure. But I digress.
Like our cars, tire technology is progressing at a rapid pace. Progress is nothing new to Michelin, but the company is not the type to rest on its laurels. As indicated by the new Premier A/S tire, it will continue to innovate for years to come, all in a lifelong effort to make our cars and roads safer in all conditions.
This post has been sponsored by Michelin, but concerns our own opinion.
Fiat Chrysler Unconnect Now Lets You Order Pizza Using Your Car
Uconnect has consistently been one of the best infotainment system on the market, and Uconnect Market will make it even better.
Not to be outdone by General Motors, which has been a dominant force when it comes to offering in-car commerce, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has has given its Unconnect infotainment system a new Market platform that treats Jeep, RAM, Chrysler, and Dodge owners to most of the same convenience features enjoyed by owners of GM vehicles.
Unconnect Market allows a variety of third-party companies to offer connected buying services directly through the infotainment system. With it, you will be able to order and pay for food, reserve a table at a restaurant, fill your tank at pump-and-pay gas locations, locate and pay for nearby parking, and even schedule service appointments.
Adding a credit card when setting up a Uconnect Market account gives you authorized card-free fuel fill-ups at participating Shell stations.
The Unconnect Market platform rolls out via an over-the-air (OTA) update in the second half of 2019 for current 2019 model year or newer Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles equipped with Fiat Chrysler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen.
You Can Order Domino’s Pizza Using Your Chevrolet
Don’t have 60 seconds to phone in a pizza order? This is for you.
General Motors has updated the infotainment systems on Chevrolet vehicles with a new Domino’s pizza ordering tool.
As part of the American automaker’s growing in-car Marketplace ecosystem, the app lets drivers place orders for carryout or home delivery using the in-vehicle touchscreen interface and Chevrolet Marketplace portal.
It would be too distracting and downright unsafe if the system let you configure an entire pizza from scratch, so you are limited to just saved and recent orders.
General Motors has been steadily growing Marketplace since its launch in 2017. In April 2018, Chevrolet partnered with Shell to allow in-car gas purchases, sparing you the trouble of using the gas pump’s magnetic reader and being the victim of credit card skimming. In November of the same year, Buick added Yelp compatibility to its infotainment system, allowing you to make restaurant reservations on the go.
The new Domino’s app works with any 2017 model year or newer Chevrolet vehicle that runs Marketplace.
Check Out Michelin And General Motors’ New Airless Tire
Putting air in your tires or having a flat tire may soon be a thing of the past.
Michelin and General Motors have unveiled a new airless tire called the Uptis Prototype.
Uptis stands for “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System,” a fitting name seeing as the tire reduces the risk of a flat or blowout.
More than that, airless tires also last longer by eliminating irregular wear caused by over- or under-inflation and reduce the use of raw materials that are used to create new tires, since there will be less need for replacement tires.
The two companies will further develop the technology in hopes of commercialization it for passenger vehicles by 2024, and GM in particular plans to deploy the Uptis wheels on a fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs, allowing the technology to be tested in real-world conditions.