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Autonomous Vehicles - Accelerated Tire Wear

Recently, Business Insider published an article about yet another negative of the autonomous vehicles. As we get more acquainted with them, it turns out they suffer from accelerated tire wear.

Autonomous vehicles are typically built on the electric vehicle platform, to make a true “futuristic” car. But the immediate torque that occurs with electric vehicles results in much faster tire wear than with regular cars. So owners of autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles, in general, will need to get used to replacing tires more frequently.

To partially alleviate this problem, tire manufacturers are planning to outfit tires with new sensors, to warn owners when the tire needs to be replaced. This is similar to the TPMS sensors that currently warn us when tires are under-inflated. Tires in the future will be smart enough to tell us when they need to be replaced.

But current tires are not that smart yet, so for the time being, if you are not quite sure if your tires need to be replaced, just stop by the Santa Cruz Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair at 1203 Water Street. We will be happy to check the tires, suggest a replacement if needed, and we can also top off the air if your tires are under-inflated.

And if your vehicle needs maintenance or has other issues – we can help too – we are a full-service auto repair shop and can perform regular maintenance, as well as major repairs, including engine work and transmission problems. We service American, Asian, and European cars.


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