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Will Goodyear technology make tire pressure checks a thing of the past?

When was the last time you checked the tire pressure in your car? Most drivers don’t check it as often as they should.  Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company says new technology may mean we no longer have to inflate our own tires.

It’s important to check your tire pressure to get even wear of your tires, and to get better gas mileage. It’s also a safety hazard if your tires are under or overinflated. Goodyear says you could lose 12-cents per gallon of gas if your tires are underinflated.

Goodyear is announcing Air Maintenance Technology or AMT. It will allow tires to stay inflated at the right pressure without external pumps or electronics.  There will be a miniature pump inside the tire that will take care of the hassle for you.

“While the technology is complex, the idea behind the AMT system is relatively simple and powered by the tire itself as it rolls down the road,” said Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear senior vice president and chief technical officer.

Goodyear did not give a timetable for this technology.

Until we get this technology, remember to check your tire pressure especially when you hit the road for a trip or when the temperature changes.

New fuel economy labels unveiled for cars and trucks

Don’t be surprised if you see a different looking fuel economy sticker on your next new car.  The government announced the most dramatic changes in the 30 year old program.

The label will give you a better understanding of fuel efficiency, and it will be an interactive experience. The labels will have a QR code on them which stands for quick response technology.  You scan the code with your smartphone, and you’re able to immediately get rich data that will give you more insight into the product or business that contains the QR code.

In this case, the QR code will allow consumers to enter details on their commute and driving behavior so you can get the most accurate fuel economy data on the car you’re thinking about buying.

The new labels will give you a baseline estimate for fuel costs, but of course those vary based on the fluctuating price of gas and your driving habits. The label will also show you estimated savings and more information on the vehicle’s environmental impact.

“Today’s car buyers want the best possible information about which cars on the lot offer the greatest fuel economy and the best environmental performance. The new labels provide comprehensive information to American car buyers, helping them make a choice that will save money at the gas pump and prevent pollution in the air we breathe,” EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said.

Consumers may begin to see the new labels on 2012 model year cars if the manufacturer voluntarily decides to implement the changes sooner. It won’t be a requirement until 2013 model year cars.