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The 10 most important automotive technologies of the year

Tires that crush ice, a shape-shifting supercar, back-seat surveillance, and more.

This article is a segment of 2017's Best of What's New list. For the complete tabulation of the year's most transformative products and discoveries, head right this way.


Hakkapeliitta 9

Nokia Tyres Hakkapelitta 9

Tires that crush ice

Nokian Tires

Sometimes the rubber wants to meet the road, and the road is like “nope”—because the pavement is covered in ice. That’s why this winter tire digs in with two different types of steel studs. The middle ones are triangular, with a beveled edge that increases grip during acceleration and braking. The shoulder-mounted spikes are Y-shaped; their increased surface area grabs slippery

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