Goodyear Concept Tires: One Makes Electricity And The Other Auto-Adjusts InflationPosted in News on March 10, 2015
A tire that generates electricity and a three-position automatic-adjusting tire? Yep, those are the interesting traits of the two concept tires that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company unveiled at the 85th Geneva Motor Show 2015. The electricity-generating tire (pictured above) is called the BHO3 and it utilizes the action of materials in the tire that capture and transform the energy created by heat when it flexes and rolls during normal driving conditions. Application? Electric cars.
The other tire is called the Triple Tube (pictured above), and it automatically adjusts to three different positions based on road conditions. It does this using three internal tubes and an internal pump that moves air from the main air chamber to the three individual chambers. There’s an Eco-Safety position that fills all three tubes with air; a Safety position that reduces inflation within the inboard shoulder tube (this gives drivers dry handling through an optimized contact patch); and the Wet Traction position, which maximizes inflation in the center tube (to provide high aquaplaning resistance).
What does this mean for us 4x4 owners? Will 4x4s one day come from the factory with tires that contribute to a rig's electrical needs? In the future, will new 4x4s come fitted with tires that can automatically adapt to terrain conditions?
We’ll see where this leads. We’d like a tire with a selectable tread pattern so we can choose the aggressiveness of the tread with the push of a button. That would be cool.