Tire Tread Scanners The Next Wave Of Traffic Enforcement Tech?

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Officials in the UK are currently investigating the benefits of new tire tread scanners built into the road and designed to detect illegal tread depths as vehicles pass over it.

The technology, which relies on a series of high-speed cameras and leasers, was developed by German firm ProContour and costs about $67,000 a piece.

The scanner can measure the tread depth of vehicles traveling at speeds of up to 75 mph, reports AutoExpress, making the results available for further tracking or potentially to warrant a fine.

Generally, a tire is considered defective or ‘bald’ if 75 percent of the main contact patch has less than 1.6 millimeters of tread left.

Drivers with bald tires are a potential threat to numerous others sharing the road due to less grip, so the merits of the technology are understandable.

In fact, a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that 9 percent of all passenger cars in the U.S. had at least one bald tire.

However, if any authorities choose to implement such technology in their own roads, we only hope that it’s used as a screening tool with warnings sent out rather than fines.
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Comments (4)
  1. If Individuals are now [potentially] relying on this type of technology especially with the possibility of its US homologation, The robots deserve the world...Pay attention to your tires people, It give you something to, like an excuse to leave the office....think about it.

  2. How am I supposed to drive around on slicks or DOT-approved drag radials with this junk on the roads? Hopefully this doesn't cross the pond!!

  3. Sounds like a revenue generator more than a safety device to me.

  4. actually its another way for you to be monitored by big brother. Your car is loaded into a system to show where it is and what it is, and the tread is all linked up. So if a car is found in a crime (of sorts) it can be easily traced. Yes its all CSI but it would work.
    And for the guy talkign about his slicks etc i hope to god that you are joking. If you are serious you need to get off the road before you kill somebody

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