Goodyear, a world leader in tire manufacturing, has unveiled the concept of a self-healing tire with AI characteristics that allow the treads to change according to the environment and climate. Everything is developed in a "refillable" system that allows to have always efficient wheels through the insertion of special "cartridges" containing the compound.
ReCharge Concept never inflates (and deflates)
Goodyear says its reCharge Concept tire was created to align with the world's growing shifts towards electric and sustainable mobility options. The tire concept was designed with three goals in mind: customization, sustainability and hassle-free use, according to the manufacturer. It has also been designed to increase customization needs: the tires can change according to the terrain, climate and driver's needs with the help of artificial intelligence.
ReCharge Concept can adapt to road conditions and weather, whether it's driving on the freeway or in the mountains, according to Goodyear. In the center, a slot to receive a "refill liquid" which restores the tread pattern and adapts it to different types of period or asphalt (summer, winter and other conditions).
The potential harm? Laughable. The maintenance? Idem. At the end of its life cycles (which thanks to the "refills" are expected to be much, much longer than those of a traditional tire) it can be returned to the parent company or exchanged. The company does not exclude that, as for certain printers, the price of tires will be very low, to allow for greater diffusion.
Also because the actual expense will reside in the purchase of refills.
What to say? Goodyear has tuned its research on products that can respond well to needs of the near future. Less possession, more service, it was said. Well, I see reCharge Concept equipping the endless fleets of electric cars that will pass through our cities, or the wheel mini-houses of the future. Easy to maintain, undemanding in running costs. Am I too optimistic?