Tire makers look to create airless tires for autonomous and electric vehicles. | Autoblog

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TOKYO — Makers of airless tires such as Japan’s Bridgestone Corp. hope driverless cars will herald a breakthrough for their niche technology, which is more than a decade old but underperforms standard tires in every way except resistance to puncture. Autonomous driving — and the eventual introduction of self-driving taxis — could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tires as greater usage of vehicles exposes them to more flat tires.

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