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Hybrid safety tyre system
As observed during the 2008 F1 championship final race in Brasil, the choice of dry (slick), intermediate or wet tyres can have a crucial impact on the competitiveness of a racing car.

In the current situation drivers/teams must choose between one of these three tyre types and often if the weather is changing the choice is a compromise.

The ideal solution would be a tyre that adapts itself to the road conditions dynamically, one that is both a dry/slick and a wet/treaded tyre simultaneously depending on the amount of moisture/water on the road.

Such a tyre/wheel system could be imagined if the place normally taken by the rain channels were replaced by rubber blocks that could be raised or lowered depending on the amount of moisture sensed on the normal road contacting blocks and the amount of water travelling in the rain channels.

With such a tyre the driver only “pits” for fuel and replacement of worn tyres, instead of today’s additional tactical pit stop for weather changes.

The effect we need is something like this:
In dry conditions the rain channel blocks are pushed out and the tyre acts like a slick, in wet conditions the blocks are progressively retracted until the tyre resembles a “wet”.

So, how to make such a thing?

Make the “rain blocks” (RBs) expand to fill the rain channel gap when hot. Make the RBs shrink when wet/cold

Make the normal blocks expand when hot/dry to close up the rain channels. Make the normal blocks shrink when wet, opening up the rain channels

By careful choice of rubber/plastic/fluid combinations it should be possible to achieve the above effects. If it can be made to work competitively it could create a useful road spin-off (no pun intended).
Idea submitted: 08.06.2010
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Hmm, you guys are tough!! OK, I'll give it my best shot :-) For the airduct and tyre ideas I wasn't specifically thinging of an App, but you could certainly put a control app in place for both. (See my latest addition). For example: a slick in the monsoon season in Asia probably isn't too useful, so you might want to turn the hybrid/auto-adapting function off, whereas in the UK the weather is so unpredictable you might want it turned on all the time. Either way it's an options screen in say a vehicle dynamics control app. The airduct....not so obvious, I'll have a think about that...maybe a cockpit stealth mode? The Car emulator however, is most definately an app. What you see on my idea suggestion is just the user's GUI, albeit a very simple GUI (pictures with on-off option). The car emulator App however has several elements analagous to a SatNav App. There's the GUI - how to manage the man-machine interface, add user selections etc. At the other end there are all the vehicle dynamic inputs (pedal positions, G-force, speed etc) that need to be read and interpreted, just like SatNav needs to receive and analyse the position data it gets from a multi-billion dollar satellite network. And in the middle there are all the characteristic data files that need to be downloaded stored and called up to convert, for example actual braking force sensor values into perceived braking force (remembering that a Cadillac has a totally different "feeling" to say a Porsche GT LeMans car). Perceived braking force in this case will be a mix of commands from the GUI device (say iPhone) to the suspension, perhaps to an active seat-belt tensioning system and maybe even an active seat tilting system (a bit light a mini flight simulator). Are there any other ways that the Car emulator can be seen as an app? Yes. You download the cars you want to emulate (and all the background data files that go with it) from the VW App-my-Ride App store, or maybe from iPhone App store. "VW certified Safe" apps are fully tested on the target vehicle platform, with full functionality available to the user and hence are probably expensive. Whereas non-tested ones are probably cheap but with lock-outs on safety related functions (changing suspension geometry etc), but non-locked for engine sound, seat tilt functions. VW then make money by testing and granting release access codes for accepted safe car emulations. The Emulator developer pays VW for the certification approval and both VW and the emulation model developer split the proceeds from emulation model sales. So the main emulation App is probably a VW product and the emulation models (the cars) are updates/plug-ins. OK? User3194
ya i agree with emre, who could you convert this idea into an app? User2776
how can you do that with an app? User3150
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Hi X-by-light ... sorry the time was to short to implement some idea of you as an app! Today I uploaded my last app. It is not perfect but I hope you like it anyhow! Thanks for your comments it was a nice time with you at the contest! User2858
Hi my frnd, Thx for ur support & valuable comments. Wish u all the success & good luck. User3148
Hello, thanks for the comment and the link to recaro web site. I really don´t know a existence of a simmilar product like my idea....but i´m glade to have the same idea....:) User2852
I will have a look at your ideas but I am afraind that the time is to short now because there are just three days left :-( User2858
Thanks for your comments!! it was intense, several sleepless nights in between work and watching football lol. User3237
Hi Lars, I've added a few new ideas, any chance of throwing your coding skills at some of them? If I tried myself, I think we would all get a "blue screen" experience :-) User3194
Hi X-by-light! Thank you very much for your detailed comments on my apps! - SpeedLimit: you are absolutely right that actual navigation system are able to show me the speed I am allowed to drive but this was my very first app in flash and I just arrived at home from a trip to Prague and my "old" navigation system didn't have this feature ;-( so that idea came up. - AffectiveMusicPlayer: I implemented a protoype of such a system in my master thesis which has an accuracy of over 90 percent for music genre classification and over 80 percent for emotion classification, but this app just uses "pre-tagged" songs to generate the playlist. My plan for the automode is similar to your suggestion. I hope I will find time to finish it, because I was waiting for the new driving profiles a long time and now I am very busy :-( - FuelStations: max-e made a nice fuel gauge app. (http://www.app-my-ride.com/flash-app/load-in-player/appId/59) Do you mean something like that? I think you don't want to know how much the government is subsidising in fuel tax for each litre or do you want to get very angry at every tank stop :-) Perhaps I should combine my FuelStation app with my AffectiveMusicPlayer app -> if(fuelstop == true) then MusicEmotion = Pleasure ---------------------------- P.S.: No I am not working for Apple :-) User2858
Hi X-by _light, Thx for ur visit & thx for ur valuable comments & suggestions.Thx very much my frnd User3148
Hi X-by-light! Thanks for your comment :). Your idea about donor card rocks! I like it and when I finish my exams, I'll implement it. Thanks!! :). Tonight I'll see your latest works ;) User2830
Hi max-e Thanks for the clarification. Clearly some ideas are better suited to deployment on the car's OEM equipment, especially where there may be some safety-related aspect. Although there are also advantages to having an off-boardable solution. Access to vehicle data shouldn't be a big technical challenge, or even iPhone dependant (via dock connector). Data could be transfered via Bluetooth (not very stable or secure though), WiFi (better) or when UWB starts appearing on phones that would be the best wireless connectivity. User3194
About the in App System: the idea of this contest is, that you have an iphone like App operating system, just not on the actual iphone, but within your car! You can open the APPs in your VW Golf, where also your navigation system runs. The advantage of this is that you can receive car specific data (e.g. is your car light switched on) that you cannot get with your phone. Do you get the idea? User2815
I just added a selection step! Know you can start my app with one ball ;-) User2858
Hi x-by-light, thx or visitng my profile, expecting ur valuable comments too User3148
Hi X-by-light! Thanks for your comment. I will add a configuration step in my app where you can choose how many balls will appear ;-) User2858
Welcome to the contest x-by-light! Hope you like the platform! Cheers! User2776
For those into gaming consoles you could take the (iPhone) interface and play with vehicle dynamic settings at home then when you find the ones that work the way you like, store and take them to the real car. User3194
My wife asked me if it could emulate a break-down (clutch failure etc)! Well of course you could choose any British classic car for that! But seriously, programming in various system failures could help driving instructors teach people how to react under such conditions, with actually having to break the car. The possibilities are endless. User3194
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