Driving on wet roads is dangerous.
There's a reason why most (mature) drivers slow down when it is raining. The last thing you, or anyone for that matter, want to experience is your vehicle aquaplaning. Not only will it lead to a loss of control, but it might even get you into an accident. It's also one of the leading causes of accidents, in the Philippines and around the world. Before you say good tires are the only thing needed to prevent aquaplane, it can still happen to your vehicle, even with the most expensive set fitted.
Thankfully, a system has been developed to counter aquaplaning. Called the Easyrain AIS (Aquaplaning Intelligent Solution), it was developed in partnership among Easyrain, Bosch, and Italdesign – the same company that brought you the Nissan GT-R 50. It features a hydraulic system consisting of a pump and two foldable injectors. AIS is activated via Easyrain's DAI (Digital Aquaplaning Information) software, which detects aquaplaning and turns on the system.
AIS works by spraying a controlled water jet ahead of the front wheels, breaking the excessive layer of water on the asphalt that the tires cannot dissipate. Once excess water is dissipated, the tire grip is restored immediately.
To make sure it works in the real world, the group has mounted AIS on a production vehicle – an Audi A6 Avant – for testing. In the video, the A6 Avant is shown rounding a wet corner without problems with AIS installed. Turned off, the vehicle could be seen temporarily losing traction towards the end of the corner.
There's no word whether automakers will adopt the Easyrain AIS on their production vehicles in the future. It's also uncertain whether it will be offered as a standalone kit. Still, at least with the system's ongoing development vehicles will be much safer on the road.