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News   March 3, 2016   by Steve Pawlett

Goodyear Unveils Two New Concept Tires for Autonomous Cars


Goodyear unveiled two concept tires that literally reshape the future for autonomous cars at the Geneva International Motor Show. Conceived by Goodyear’s Innovation Center engineers, these two tires, the Eagle-360 and the IntelliGrip,  showcase innovative thinking in tire technology, capturing the true essence of what we could see in the future of the tire industry.

Although these are strictly future concepts, the innovations in the Eagle-360 and the IntelliGrip pave the way for smart and safe mobility.

eagle 360

Eagle-360

The Goodyear Eagle-360 is a spherical-shaped design that would provide self-driving cars ultimate maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry to increase safety.

*         Maneuverability: The multi-orientation of the spherical-shaped tire allows the car to move in all directions, contributing to safety for passengers, as well as coping with space limitations such as tight parking lots or city streets.

*         Connectivity: Embedded sensors further increase safety by communicating road and weather conditions to the vehicle control system and other nearby cars, while tread and tire pressure monitoring technology regulate even wear of the 360-degree tire to extend mileage.

*         Connected via magnetic levitation: The tires would rely on a magnetic levitation system to suspend the car resulting in a smooth, quiet ride for the passenger.

*         Biomimicry: Inspired by nature, the 3D printed tread mimics the pattern of brain coral and behaves like a natural sponge – designed to stiffen in dry conditions and soften when wet to deliver excellent driving performance and aquaplaning resistance.

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IntelliGrip

The Goodyear IntelliGrip concept tire is designed to communicate with autonomous vehicle control systems, sensing road surface and weather conditions for improved driving safety and performance.

*         Senses road conditions: Thanks to its advanced sensor technology and specially designed tread, the concept tire can sense many road conditions, including both surface and weather conditions.

*         Active-wear technology: The IntelliGrip also uses advanced active wear technology to assess the condition of the tire and the vehicle.

*         Custom algorithms: Goodyear-developed algorithms account for variables such as inflation pressure and tire temperature.

*         Adapting to road conditions: When the tire senses a rainy or slippery road surface, the autonomous vehicle will adapt its speed. Additionally, the tire can shorten the stopping distance, provide a better cornering response, optimize stability and even support collision prevention systems.

*         Technology adaption: Goodyear is working with a number of vehicle manufacturers to further adapt this technology to their needs, enhancing connectivity with features such as Electronic Stability Control Systems, Brake Control Systems and Suspension Control Systems.

 

 


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