Michelin has created a concept for a tech-enabled, bio-based airless tyre that can be rebuilt according to the road surface’s conditions, providing a sustainable and safe product that the company says could last for the entire life of vehicle.
Easily recyclable and using organically-derived materials, the Vision concept tyre will be embedded with sensory technology that is able to detect road conditions, maintenance requirements, and other safety-related information and communicate them to the vehicle. Each tyre is synced up with the vehicle’s communication and satellite navigation system, warning the driver if the tyres on the vehicle are deemed unsuitable for the route ahead.
Should that tyre be lacking, Michelin envisages a situation whereby users can stop at a service station to have their tyres rebuilt using 3D printing technology, in much the same way as if refuelling or recharging a vehicle.
Michelin received official recognition for the futuristic tyre from the editors of Time magazine, which applauded the tyre for its innovation and included it in its latest publication. Terry Gettys, global head of research and development at the Michelin, said the French tyre company was honoured.
“We believe the Vision concept is as beautiful as the natural world that inspires it, combining multiple technologies that together project the course for Michelin’s innovation in the years ahead,” said Gettys. “The ideas presented in the Vision concept have taken hold among vehicle designers, demonstrating a feasible vision of how the tire can provide essential contributions to sustainable mobility in the future.”
Michelin appears in Time magazine’s 25 Best Innovations of 2017, which is out now.
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