Goodyear Rolls Out Recharge Concept Tyre
The auto industry has been going through some rapid technological development. Electric cars, autonomous driving tech, assisted driving safety systems – there’s a lot going on and tyre manufacturers are not being shabby in providing their own concepts that complement these developments.
Some pretty interesting tyre concepts are being created and Goodyear recently revealed its latest effort – the reCharge – that includes a number of innovative features.
Most interesting is a reloadable and biodegradable tread compound that can be recharged with individual capsules. Filled with a customised liquid compound, these capsules apparently allow the tread to regenerate – as it wears down on the tyre face, the compound exits the capsule to replace the worn tread. Clever. Goodyear says the compound itself would be made from a biological material and would be reinforced with fibres inspired by one of the toughest natural materials in the world – spider silk! This would make it both extremely durable and 100 percent biodegradable. The tread would be supported by a lightweight, non-pneumatic frame and tall-and-narrow shape. The thin, low-maintenance construction would, the company says, eliminate the need for pressure maintenance or downtime related to punctures.
8 June 2020