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Goodyear reveals the Airless reCharge concept featuring a compound that regenerates the tread on the tyre using liquid capsules of biodegradable material.
Goodyear has a track record of showcasing unique futuristic concept tyres to showcase its research and development capabilities. This time round the brand revealed a rather strange concept where the car tyre can regenerate its own tread. The reCharge Tyre, as Goodyear calls it, has been made out of a special liquid compound from biodegradable materials reinforced by fibres inspired by spider silk, one of the toughest natural materials known to mankind on this planet.
All the users have to do to recharge or re-tread the tire is to insert a Capsule containing the above mentioned liquid mixture into the centre of the wheel. The Goodyear states that as the surface of the tread wears down, the tread will then regenerate itself accordingly with the help of artificial intelligence to generate a custom compound blend tailored to each different use case scenario.
Sebastien Fontaine, lead designer at the Goodyear Innovation Centre in Luxembourg stated, "The Goodyear reCharge is a concept tyre without compromise, supporting personalised, sustainable and hassle-free electric mobility."
We will have to wait and see a long time if this concept by Goodyear actually comes to fruition, but it good to see them thinking and being future-ready with all sorts of tyre technological offerings.