Goodyear is literally reinventing the wheel as it drives forward with the development of its new spherical-shaped tyre.
Specifically designed for driverless cars, the Eagle 360 Urban concept tyre is powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), has a “bionic skin” which allows it to adapt to the surface it is being driven on and can even self-repair a puncture!
Goodyear unveiled its spherical tyre at the Geneva Motor Show last year, but the updated version was back in the spotlight at the show earlier this month.
Each tyre is suspended from the car by magnetic fields, which means it is effectively levitating, increasing passenger comfort and reducing noise. Its tread would be 3D printed, and customised to suit the driver’s habits and location. It also allows the vehicle to move in all directions, making parking in tight spots a doddle.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the Eagle 360 Urban can also heel itself it if suffers a puncture. Its sensors detect where the damage has occurred, then the tyre rotates to create a different contact patch and the “self-heal” process begins.
Of course, the tyre is a long way off hitting the roads and up until then, drivers who suffer a puncture must get it repaired as soon as possible in order to remain safe and legal on the roads.
etyres offer a mobile puncture repair fitting service, which means vehicle owners do not have to causing more damage to the tyre or wheel, the risk of being involved in an accident or fined for using an illegal tyre on the roads, by driving to a garage. Instead, etyres will arrange to come to the drivers home or work to carry out the puncture repair or supply and fit a brand new replacement.
Denna Bowman, Head Office