Bridgestone targeting truck segment with airless technology
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LAS VEGAS — Bridgestone Corp. expects its “airless tire” technology to be commercially available soon — but probably not in the way auto makers assume.
The Japanese company wants to get its non-pneumatic tire technology into the hands of commercial truck owners rather than onto ordinary passenger vehicles.
The tires — shown for the first time recently at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — use a recycled thermoplastic “web” as their core, replacing the pressurized air of traditional tires. Bridgestone said it has developed and is preparing to market large tires that can support 5,000 pounds of weight.