Self-regenerating concept tyre uses spider-silk to renew your tyres
11 March 2020
Goodyear's reCharge concept makes tyre changing easy with customised capsules that adapt and change to meet individual mobility needs.
“We set out to create a concept tyre primed for the future of personalised and convenient electric mobility,” said Mike Rytokoski, Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of Goodyear Europe.
The reCharge concept includes features that are built around three pillars:
At the core of the reCharge concept is a reloadable and biodegradable tread compound that could be recharged with individual capsules – which Goodyear claims will “radically simplify” the process of replacing your tyres.
Filled with a customised liquid compound, these capsules would allow the tread to regenerate, and the tyre to adapt over time to climatic circumstances, road conditions, or simply how you want to travel.
Using artificial intelligence, a driver profile would be created around which the liquid compound would be customised, generating a compound blend tailored to each individual.
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 per cent biodegradable.
The tread would be supported by a lightweight, non-pneumatic frame and tall-and-narrow shape. This is a thin, robust low-maintenance construction that would eliminate the need for pressure maintenance or downtime related to punctures.
“The Goodyear reCharge is a concept tyre without compromise, supporting personalised, sustainable and hassle-free electric mobility,” concluded Sebastien Fontaine, Lead Designer at the Goodyear Innovation Centre in Luxembourg.