Goodyear introduces a new biodegradable tread compound that can be filled with individual capsules, radically simplifying the tire replacement process.
Goodyear continues to surprise us with innovative and cutting-edge products. The latest is reCharge, a concept for a new smart tire capable of self-generating.
Goodyear wants tires to contribute even more strongly to the specific mobility needs of consumers. With this ambition we have decided to create a product that is so well prepared for the future of electric mobility, personalized and affordable.
Mike Rytokoski, Vice President and CMO of the European section of the company.
The project focused on three fundamental characteristics in particular: customization, sustainability and ease of use.
The key element is the innovative biodegradable compound of the smart tire: it can be filled with individual capsules, radically simplifying the tire replacement process. How? These small units contain a mixture of dandelion gum reinforced with spider silk fibers. This mixture makes the material extremely resistant and, at the same time, 100% biodegradable. To “fill in” the tread simply inject this paste into the surface of the wheel; here a new tread would be formed.
Machine learning will customize your tires.
The compound is customizable, the company explains, to suit each driver’s driving style. In other words, artificial intelligence would analyze the telemetry data of the vehicles to create individual profiles of the drivers, which would provide a basis for customizing the composite. The refill capsules would also allow, when necessary, to change the surface of the rubber to adapt it to different environmental and seasonal conditions.
Another key feature: the tread would be supported by a lightweight chassis with a tall and narrow shape. This would make the tire extremely durable in almost all driving conditions.
reCharge is a tire concept for personalized, sustainable and trouble-free electric mobility.
Sébastien Fontaine, Lead Designer at the Goodyear Innovation Center in Luxembourg.