MIT's new pavement-vehicle-interaction (PVI) test will allow researchers to measure the horizontal force required to move a tire forward at different speeds and with different loads.This measure will be of greater benefit for 40-ton trucks than a passenger car.

As of now, the plan is to use such information as the amount of traffic and structural and material data to to create projects that would realize the greatest savings for vehicles where pavement is rough:

“If we can save 2 million tons of CO2 per year, at the aggregate level, this becomes extremely important in a low-carbon economy,” says Franz-Joseph Ulm, director of MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSH).

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