Bridgestone is set to roll out airless tires in a bid to combat the air-related issues commercial trucks face while traveling cross country. The new design replaces the pressurized air with a recycled thermoplastic'web' that holds up to 5,000 pounds each with the added benefit of never losing pressure. The Japanese company first plans to release a smaller, lighter version for bicycles- and will show off the design with a fleet of airless-tire bikes at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The flexible web is designed to provide compliance and cushion that pressured air would do in traditional tires and the tread is said to'deliver grip levels similar to conventional rolling stock.' Bridgestone is set to roll out airless tires in a bid to combat the air-related issues commercial trucks face while traveling cross country.
Michelin has developed a new way to change a tire. Its Vision concept is an airless'tweel' made from 3D-printed bio-sourced materials that allow for new and different treads to be applied as they wear down or the seasons change. Designed to mimic the structure of coral, it is stiff at the center and gets gradually softer as it approaches the outside edge. With its "rechargeable" tread design, the thickness of the outside layer can be thinner than a typical tire's, which makes it more efficient to produce and operate. The biodegradable Vision was engineered with embedded sensors that monitor its condition and integrate with a mobile app that owners would use to schedule an appointment to have it recharged, or have the tread design updated as necessary, such as when winter comes around.
Cars of the future could be equipped with 3D printed smart tyres that can tell you when they need changing, if a concept unveiled by Michelin becomes a reality. The Vision project created an all-in-one tyre and wheel made from biodegradable materials, coated in rubber tread that can be topped up when the tyre wears down. The tyre's airless design, which is inspired by nature, would also make them impervious to flats and blowouts. Michelin has unveiled its airless Vision concept tyres that are 3D printed from organic material and are impervious to flats and blow outs. Cars of the future could be equipped with the smart tyres that can tell you when they need servicing (artist's impression) Michelin's Vision tyres use an alveolar design, similar to the air sacks in the human lung.
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. General Motors plans to give car buyers an airless tire on vehicles starting in 2024. The automaker is teaming with Michelin and this week introduced the Michelin Uptis prototype at the Movin' On Summit for sustainability in Montreal. Uptis stands for Unique Puncture-proof Tire System, GM said. GM will start real-world testing of the prototype tires later this year on a Michigan test fleet of the Chevrolet Bolt electric cars.