Minnetonka man develops car technology to minimize sliding on ice


Drivers can't avoid encountering slippery conditions on icy roads during Minnesota winters, sending vehicles skidding with little control behind the wheel.

A man in Minnetonka has come up with a way to change that.

It's called ICE: Integrated Coefficient Enhancement. Jim Skarie, a retired carpenter, designed a small air duct apparatus that's installed in your car.

A small tank near the bumper is filled with a material, like crushed granited, that sprays out when wheels lock up, improving a driver's ability to stop.

A somewhat simple idea, right?

Skarie says it's hard to get his foot in the door. He has a patent for the invention and is shopping it to automakers. So far, there's some interest, but no bites.

For more information, visit icyroads.net.

KSTP shows how it works.

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