Nexen Wins Design Awards

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Two of Nexen Tire’s products have won the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

The winners of the IDEA 2017 are ‘N’FERA AU7,’ a commercially available tire product, and ‘BREATHRE’, a future-oriented conceptual tire.

‘N’FERA AU7’ is an ultra-high performance (UHP) tire developed for high-ends sedans. ‘BREATHRE’ is an air purifying concept tire designed to contribute to reducing the recent environmental problems such as air pollution and fine dust.

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Conti R&D boss takes pop at airless tires

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Hanover, Germany – Airless tires are more of a marketing tool than a realistic offering for the passenger car tire market, according to Dr Gerrit Bolz, head of process development, tire assembly at Continental.

While the most promising applications for airless tires to date are off-road, developers have touted the solid- or cellular-polymer products as offering an alternative to pneumatic car tires.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Tires to play critical role in driverless vehicles

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Up to 15 percent of all new cars sold could be fully autonomous by 2030, but for all the potential to be realized, driverless technology must face challenges around safety issues and litigation. …

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Goodyear unveils 3 new concept tyres

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Goodyear has launched three new concept tyres — the Eagle 360 Urban, IntelliGrip Urban, and the Goodyear CityCube — designed for the Toyoyta i-TRIL concept car.

The Eagle 360 Urban is the first concept tyre to be powered by Artificial Intelligence, and is able to sense, decide, transform and interact. The IntelliGrip Urban is a concept tyre designed for future-generation autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas.

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Intel’s Mobileye Purchase Puts Tech Giant into Trucking

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Intel’s $15.3-billion deal to acquire autonomous driving technology company Mobileye will put the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker at the center of the growing market for self-driving trucks and cars. When it announced the acquisition Monday, Intel said it aimed to become a leading technology provider for autonomous vehicles. Intel estimates the vehicle systems, data and services market could reach $70 billion by 2030.

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New Airless Tires Improve Battlefield and Off-Road Performance

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Off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris has announced that their new Sportsman wv850 are equipped with airless tires. They tested the tires on 1,000 miles, and a 3-inch railroad spike jammed into the tread and structural webbing. That is certainly good news, as from now on you can travel free of worry about not having a spare tire in the trunk.

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Goodyear Introduces the IntelliGrip Urban Concept: A Smart Tire for Future Urban Fleets

The Goodyear IntelliGrip Urban concept tire aims to provide enhanced safety and energy efficiency, offering urban fleet solutions for future-generation autonomous electric vehicles

At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear unveiled what the tire of the near future could look like. The IntelliGrip Urban is a concept tire designed for future-generation autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas.

On-demand transportation — or ride-sharing — as an alternative to taxis, rental cars, or actual driving is no longer just the choice of millennials. The value in convenience of immediacy, location and payment is appealing to all demographics and is bringing ride sharing services into the mainstream. The trend toward urban life creates an ideal environment for the adoption of these new modes of transportation.

“With a focus on vehicles for future urban areas, the IntelliGrip Urban concept tire’s technical features aim to maximize uptime and energy efficiency. This is crucial for ‘Mobility as a Service’ providers to offer improved mobility to their customers,” said Jean-Claude Kihn, president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Goodyear Debuts Concept Tires

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  showcased concept tires during the Geneva International Motor Show.

Its new concept tires – the spherical-shaped Eagle 360 Urban and the IntelliGrip Urban smart tire – apply emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity to help the autonomous vehicles of the future navigate the millions of possible unknowns we face in every day driving scenarios, the tiremaker said.

“The future of the automotive industry is being shaped by rapid advances in technology and changing consumer attitudes and behaviors,” said Joe Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer. “The concepts and technology we are showcasing in Geneva are part of the revolution that we see unfolding at the intersection of autonomy, mobility and connectivity where tires and services will play a critical role in meeting our customers’ performance and information needs.”

 

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Researchers invent process to produce renewable car tires from trees, grass

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A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards.

The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is available for licensing through the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization.

The new study is published by the American Chemical Society’s ACS Catalysis, a leading journal in the chemical and catalysis sciences. Authors of the study, include researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Center for Sustainable Polymers, a National Science Foundation-funded center at the University of Minnesota.

“Our team created a new chemical process to make isoprene, the key molecule in car tires, from natural products like trees, grasses, or corn,” said Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Minnesota associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and lead researcher of the study. “This research could have a major impact on the multi-billion dollar automobile tires industry.”

Read the source article at Phys.org

Pirelli says F1 will see more overtaking, more passing in 2017

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Pirelli tire officials are confident Formula 1 fans will see more overtaking, more speed and fewer pit stops in 2017.

Some are worried that, as downforce increases dramatically this year, the shorter braking distances could mean much less overtaking. But a key criticism of F1 in the past few years is that the overtaking aid Drag Reduction System has ramped up artificial passing to the point that it is hurting the show.

Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola told the Spanish sports daily Marca, “Logic says there will be fewer overtakes, but they will be real. There will be no discussions for hours about whether the move was real or assisted. But also the show is not only in overtaking.”

Indeed, some believe that a big step forward this year will be the simplicity of the racing, helped by tires that degrade less and are less prone to overheating.

Read the source article at autoweek.com