Goodyear’s Smart Tyre Concept Regrows Tread By Taking A Pill
Published On 12-Mar-2020
Tyre compound has been made from a biological material and reinforced with fibres inspired by one of the toughest natural materials in the world - spider silk.
Goodyear has unveiled a revolutionary self-regenerating concept tire that can adapt and change to meet individual mobility needs. The reCharge tyre has a biodegradable tread that has the ability to regenerate thanks to a special liquid compound made from a biological material and reinforced with fibre inspired by spider silk - one of the toughest natural materials in the world.
Now the drivers will be able to ‘recharge’ their tyres by inserting a capsule containing customized liquid compound into the centre of the wheel. These capsules allow the tread to regenerate and the tire to adapt over time to climatic circumstances, road conditions, or simply how you want to travel.
With the help of artificial intelligence, a driver profile would be created around which the liquid compound would be customized, generating a compound blend tailored to each individual.
The unusual tyre is still just a concept and it is unknown if it will ever be put into production. However, it was set be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The major event was cancelled amid growing threat of the Coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 93,000 people worldwide.
“Goodyear wants the tire to be an even more powerful contributor to answering consumers’ specific mobility needs, said Mike Rytokoski, Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Goodyear Europe, “It was with that ambition that we set out to create a concept tire primed for the future of personalized and convenient electric mobility.”
“The Goodyear reCharge is a concept tire without compromise, supporting personalized, sustainable and hassle-free electric mobility,” concluded Sebastien Fontaine, Lead Designer at the Goodyear Innovation Centre in Luxembourg.