Goodyear is trying to change how society thinks about the tyre with a new concept ...
Tyre manufacturer Goodyear presented a vision of a future tire that looks radically different from tires today — it’s a sphere.
Goodyear unveiled its latest concept tire, Eagle-360, at the Geneva International Motor Show last year. The spherical, 3-D printed tire highlights Goodyear’s vision for the future and presents an inspiring solution for the long-term future when autonomous driving is expected to be more mainstream.
Goodyear has updated its spherical tyres for self-driving cars, adding a "bionic skin" of sensors that reads the road and adapts to suit different terrains.
Designed to be used with self-driving vehicles, the 3D-printed spherical tyre uses artificial intelligence to adapt automatically to its environment.
According to a recent study from Navigant Research, 85 million autonomous-capable vehicles are expected to be sold annually around the world by 2035, for example. According to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study, consumers are most concerned with ensuring safety through technology in autonomous cars
The smart tyre also has the ability to automatically repair itself. Should the so-called bionic skin become damaged, the sensors in the tyre can locate the puncture