Goodyear is growing airless tires, nevertheless it’s unclear when you’ll put them in your automobile.
The corporate just lately introduced that prototype tires have accomplished 75,000 miles of testing at speeds as much as 100 mph, in temperatures starting from scorching warmth to snow. A few of that testing has been carried out with a Tesla Mannequin 3 at Goodyear’s Luxembourg proving grounds, the corporate stated in a press release.
Additionally known as non-pneumatic tires (NPTs), airless tires have decrease upkeep necessities than standard tires, and are higher capable of deal with heavy hundreds, in line with Goodyear.
The corporate additionally believes airless tires shall be a greater match for automobiles past passenger automobiles, particularly autonomous shuttles that is perhaps utilized by future mobility providers to maneuver folks and items round city facilities. A part of the event course of will contain testing airless tires on “autonomous automobiles and last-mile supply robots,” Goodyear stated.
Goodyear airless tire prototype
Goodyear stated it is aiming for United States Division of Transportation approval of its airless tires, however famous that that is “nonetheless a number of years away.” And given the corporate’s curiosity in catering to mobility providers, the primary purposes won’t be private automobiles.
Different large tire producers have proven curiosity in airless tires. Bridgestone confirmed a puncture-proof airless tire idea in 2011, and in 2019 Michelin stated it might start supplying airless tires for Common Motors automobiles as early as 2024.
Hankook confirmed its personal airless tire idea as early as 2013, and stated in 2015 that airless tires had been inching nearer to manufacturing actuality. However we have not heard a lot concerning the undertaking since then.
An airless tire has made it to manufacturing—simply not for automobiles. Polaris started providing them as an possibility in 2013 on its ATVs.