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The car industry is actually reinventing the wheel to keep up with robocars

Yet it's more than just tires that are being changed. Auto firms are putting semiconductors and sensors inside headlights, glass and seats to make them as intelligent as the cars driving themselves

The car industry is reinventing the wheel to prepare for autonomous vehicles. Japan’s Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., whose roots stretch back to when Henry Ford was building his Model T, is developing a “smart tire” that can monitor its own air pressure and temperature, and eventually respond by itself to changes in road conditions. Yet it’s more than just tires that are being changed. Koito Manufacturing Co., AGC Inc. and Lear Corp. are putting semiconductors and sensors inside headlights, glass and seats to make them as intelligent as the cars ...