Goodyear has unveiled two groundbreaking concept tyres which could radically change the role of car tyres in the future
According to the tyre manufacturer, which revealed the innovations at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show earlier this month: “The futuristic technologies stretch the imagination and provide a glimpse of what practical innovations may be on the horizon”.
The first concept – named “BHO3” – offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tyre into electrical energy. As demand for electric cars grows, this technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the solution of future mobility challenges and could eliminate the vehicle-range anxiety motorists may have with electric cars.
The second concept – named “Triple Tube” – contains three tubes that adjust tyre inflation pressure in response to changing road conditions, delivering new levels of performance and versatility. The tyre automatically adjusts – on its own – to three different positions based on road conditions:
. The Eco/Safety position – with maximum inflation in all three tubes – offers reduced rolling resistance
. The Sporty position – with reduced inflation within the inboard shoulder tube – gives drivers dry handling through an optimized contact patch
. The Wet Traction position – with maximized inflation in the center tube – provides high aquaplaning resistance through a raised tread in the centre of the tyre.
Joe Zekoski, senior vice president and chief technical officer for Goodyear tyres, commented: “These concept tyres reimagine the role that tyres may play in the future. We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile.”
He added: “It is more important than ever for us to stay firmly rooted in our market-back innovation process, which calls on us to focus on, and anticipate, the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.”