Technology is developing at a speedy rate, and along with all other technologies, you may have noticed an obvious leap in tyre technologies as well. Manufacturers and researchers are investing time and effort to create better, more sustainable tyres to meet the demands of the future of automobiles.
Various companies have developed innovative and out-of-the-box ideas for tyres, prototypes that counter the issues often found in regular tyres. It would be safe to say that in the upcoming decades, such prototypes will replace the tyres we know of today.
Noise-reduction and Intelligent Tyres
Regular tyres Shrewsbury in an electric vehicle lead to the generation of noise from the tyres as electric vehicles are very quiet. Hence, this has brought upon the task to create tyres that are compatible with EVs. Foam is added to the tyres for EVs to reduce the noise. Goodyear Tyres, one of the largest tyre companies in the world and a leader in the research of modern tyres designs top-grade tyres for Electric and Automated vehicles.
Another notable venture by Goodyear is Intelligent tyres, i.e. tyres fit with sensors that collect data. A prototype of the model has been already presented in Geneva in 2018, said to identify issues that may arise beforehand.
With the ever persisting issue of global warming and the environment is at great risk, research is being conducted to use various sustainable methods for the production of modern tyres rather than the traditional ways.
Once again, Goodyear uses silica, made by the waste that comes from processing rice husk, ash and soybean oil in tyres. Soybean oil is beneficial, not only because it reduces the energy consumption of the production process but also because it increases the efficiency of the tyres, ensuring flexibility even in colder climates.
Goodyear is also the developer of Oxygene: – a concept tyre that houses moss on its sidewalls that receives moisture from the road and releases oxygen into the air as a result of photosynthesis.
A project named Taraxa Gum uses latex from dandelions which is similar to rubber as per DNA is also highly sustainable because dandelions grow without much water and sunshine, on relatively unproductive land in abundance, they even grow faster.
Some of the most persistent tyres Telford issues are caused because of loss of air-pressure or punctures in tubed and tubeless tyres. However, the design of air-free tyres is to counter these problems and make tyres last longer.
Numerous companies like Michelin are developing such tyres for automobiles. Michelin’s UPTIC (Unique Puncture-Proof Tyre System), an airless tyre model, is estimated to be available in markets as soon as 2024. Not only will it make it more convenient for the users, but it will substantially lower the rubber waste produced by the discarding of tyres after they are punctured.
Hankook Design Innovation Project
Hankook, a leading South Korean tyre company, collaborated with The London Art College 2018, which produced two winning designs: Aeroflow and Hexonic.
Aeroflow, designed mainly for motorsport vehicles, includes features like turbines impellers as well as widened wheels by separable treads, leading to maximum downforce. Hexonic made for a fully autonomous vehicle ensures maximum comfort and uses various sensors for assessment of road conditions to adapt accordingly.
With the numerous concepts and ideas being constantly improved and researched upon, tyre technologies will soon advance highly in the upcoming years. In the next fifty years, it would not be a surprise if you could find airless tyres on sale in the stores.