Goodyear never fails to surprise visitors at the Geneva International Motor Show. After the spherical tyre in 2016 and the moss-filled tyre in 2018, this year the American tyre manufacturer has unveiled its new innovative concept tyre, developed for autonomous, flying cars of the future.
Airless tyre to fly in the sky
After the Goodyear Oxygene that improves the quality of air, the Goodyear Aero is an airless tyre. The spokes of this concept tyre would be sufficiently strong to carry the weight of the vehicle and would allow it to drive on the road like a traditional tyre. The same spokes would serve as a propeller to lift the vehicle into the air when the tyres are tilted. According to the American tyre brand, used on high performance vehicles, the Aero would give urban transport the possibility to move from the road to the sky.
The rotation of tyres would use a magnetic force to provide frictionless propulsion.
The new Goodyear concept tyre is also an intelligent tyre. Thanks to an embedded artificial intelligence processor, it would be able to combine information from the tyre’s sensors with data from vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. After analysing these streams of data, this processor would be able to recommend a course of action to the vehicle (in flying or driving mode), and identify and solve potential tyre-related problems before they occur.
Research concept aimed to inspire tomorrow’s mobility
Even if the Aero is purely a research concept, some of its featured technologies are currently developed by Goodyear and could become the basis for new products from the brand. “Goodyear’s concepts are meant to trigger a debate on the tyres and transport technologies for a new mobility ecosystem”, said Chris Helsel, Chief Technology Officer at Goodyear. Once again, this confirms Goodyear’s commitment to the debate on future mobility.