By Denna Bowman
Goodyear has received an award for a new innovation which will allow tyres to maintain the correct level of inflation.
The Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) has been selected by Car & Driver magazine as one of “ten most promising future technologies” in its 2012 10Best edition.
It will enable tyres to remain inflated at the optimum pressure without the need for any external pumps or electronics. All components of the AMT system, including the miniaturised pump, will be fully contained within the tyre.
Car & Driver editors called AMT an “elegantly simple idea” in their article in the December 2011 issue.
Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s chief technical officer, said: “While the technology is complex, the idea behind the AMT system is relatively simple and powered by the tyre itself as it rolls down the road.
“A tyre that can maintain its own inflation is something drivers have wanted for many years. Goodyear has taken on this challenge and the progress we have made is very encouraging.
“This will become the kind of technological breakthrough that people will wonder how they ever lived without.”
AMT is currently under development at Goodyear’s Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.