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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
Airless tires have been getting lots of press over the last few years, with Michelin’s “Tweel” being touted as the most amazing bit of tire tech since the invention of the radial. Except that it really isn’t, because a very similar airless-tire concept was under development in the 1930s and ‘40s.
James Vernon Martin was a legendary aircraft and automobile inventor in the early 20th Century, developing everything from retractable aircraft landing gear, to cars with weird rubber cord suspensions to this: an elastic spoke tire.
Bridgestone Americas, has created a new concept tire, which debuted on the new Chrysler Portal concept.
The Bridgestone concept tire was custom-molded to blend seamlessly with the Portal design, the tiremaker said.
As vehicles integrate technology to complement connected, on-demand lifestyles, tires are also being reimagined. Because of this, Bridgestone has designed a new concept tire to meet the emerging needs of both drivers and automakers. The tire delivers real-time monitoring of road and weather conditions, enhanced performance and increased fuel efficiency, Bridgestone said.
“Technology is rapidly changing the automotive industry and tire innovation is playing a key role in this revolution,” said Mike Martini, president of original equipment at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Tires are an important tuning knob for a vehicle. They play a vital role in delivering automakers’ desired vehicle performance, while also meeting the needs and expectations of the next-generation of drivers.”
Pirelli has warned that improving its much-criticised wet weather rubber will not be made easier by F1’s adoption of wider tyres in 2017.
The sport’s official tyre supplier is seeking a recent-specification F1 car to conduct further tests of its wet weather product. Last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix prompted further complaints from drivers about aquaplaning.
“You can imagine wet tyres, we’re going wider, and that’s not a direction you want to go in when you’re trying to do wet tyre performance,” Hembery admitted in an interview at the Autosport International show.
Pirelli conducted three wet weather tests for its 2017 compounds last year but Hembery says the development programme needs to go on.
“We’re working actually on an ongoing development during the season, which is something we’re allowed to do this time around, before we weren’t able to test at all,” he said.