With the way technology is progressing, it should come to no surprise that improvements to tires are constantly improving as well. At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Goodyear has unveiled two of their latest developed tires, the Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban and the IntelliGrip Urban Concept. The two tires showcase what the future of tires could be.
Powered by artificial intelligence and shaped like a sphere, Goodyear's Eagle 360 Urban is said to be the tire of the future as it will be able to sense, decide, transform and interact on its own. The design follows suit from their previous Eagle 360 concept tire shown last year. Now, the 360 Urban utlizes a computer brain to be able to function separately, allowing it to adapt rapidly into the changing circumstances.
The Eagle 360 Urban also features a bionic self-healing skin with a sensor network that allows the concept tire to check on its own status and gather information on its environment. With the spherical shape, it can move in all directions allowing for greater mobility especially in tight spaces.
As no vehicle can currently accommodate a spherical tire, one is currently being developed tailored to the Eagle 360 Urban concept tire. In the meantime, Goodyear is also working on the IntelliGrip Urban concept tire, aimed at future-generation autonomous electric vehicles.
Since the demand for ride-sharing as an alternative means of transportation is on the rise, Goodyear has developed the IntelliGrip Urban concept tire to suit the needs of this recent mode of transport. The tire, by having a proactive maintenance, is set to provide maximum uptime and energy efficiency, both of which are crucial in providing improved mobility to customers.
To do so, the Goodyear IntelliGrip Urban uses sensor-in-tire technology, supposedly enhancing passenger safety and supporting autonomous vehicle control systems. With the sensor, the tire can pickup data regarding road and weather conditions which is then sent to the vehicle, enabling it to adjust accordingly. The design uses a tall and narrow shape which would reduce rolling resistance in order to improve range. Its shape also helps improve aquaplaning along with reducing rolling noise.