Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company of Japan has showcased two groundbreaking concept tyres at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show 2015. These visionary tyre technologies that have been showcased are bound to radically change the role of car tyres in the future, according to a company statement.
Though, the two tyres are concept products, the futuristic technologies stretch the the imagination and provide a glimpse of what practical innovations may be on the horizon. The first concept – named “BHO3” – offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tire into electrical energy. The second concept – named “Triple Tube” – contains three tubes that adjust tire inflation pressure in response to changing road conditions, delivering new levels of performance and versatility.
Joe Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer noted: “These concept tires reimagine the role that tires may play in the future. We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile.”
This tyre generates electricity through the action of materials in the tire that capture and transform the energy created by heat when it flexes as it rolls during normal driving conditions. The materials used would optimize the tire’s electricity generation capabilities as well as its rolling resistance. As demand for electric cars grows, this technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the solution of future mobility challenges. This visionary tire technology could eliminate the vehicle-range anxiety motorists may have with electric cars.
This tire features three internal tubes within the tyre. Tubes are located beneath the tread and near the inboard and outboard shoulders of the tire as well as the centre. The tyre relies on an internal pump that moves air from the main air chamber to the three individual air chambers, or tubes. The tyre automatically adjusts – on its own – to three different positions based on road conditions.
· The Eco/Safety position – with maximum inflation in all three tubes – offers reduced rolling resistance.
· The Sporty position – with reduced inflation within the inboard shoulder tube – gives drivers dry handling through an optimized contact patch.
· The Wet Traction position – with maximised inflation in the center tube – provides high aquaplaning resistance through a raised tread in the centre of the tyre.
Although these tyres are future concepts, Zekoski says they represent an essential aspect of Goodyear’s innovation strategy, instilling a forward-looking, market-back mindset in the company’s research and development teams. “It is more important than ever for us to stay firmly rooted in our market-back innovation process, which calls on us to focus on, and anticipate, the rapidly evolving needs of our customers,” Zekoski pointed out.
Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tyree companies. It employs an estimated 67,000 people and manufactures its products in 50 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.