We are on the verge of a revolution in mobility ….
129 million autonomous-capable vehicles are expected to be sold from 2020 to 2035.
The way we ‘drive’ or better, will be ‘driven’, will change significantly in the years and decades to come. And smart and sustainable technologies will increasingly define mobility.
Goodyear wants to reimagine the role of the tire. Tires are at the core of mobility today and tomorrow.
With the role of the driver evolving, the role of the tire becomes even more important.
Safety is a primary concern for the autonomous drivers and passengers of tomorrow.
As the only link between a driverless car and the road, tires can play a key role in addressing this.
Autonomous driving places new demands on the tires. According to a recent study from Navigant Research, 85 million autonomous-capable vehicles are expected to be sold annually around the world by 2035, for example. According to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study, consumers are most concerned with ensuring safety.
We envision a future in which our products will become more connected with the vehicle and more versatile.
After 117 years of making tires, Goodyear presents a vision of a future tire that looks radically different from tires today —it’s a sphere.
This spherical 3-D printed concept tire presents an inspiring solution for the long-term future when autonomous driving is expected to be more mainstream. And tires can contribute to increased safety and comfort, advanced maneuverability and key data on road and weather conditions.
Spherical shape for ultimate maneuverability and safety
Imagine a tire that can move the vehicle in all directions, not only forward and backward but also sideward. This unique shape offers a wide range of benefits …
Imagine a daily commute in a fully autonomous vehicle…
You pull out of your parking spot sideways, at a 90° angle and start driving.
It is a cold and wet day, no worries, the car can seamlessly overtake sudden obstacles and reduce sliding or aquaplaning from potential hazards.
Sensors ensure connectivity with car and increase safety
The Eagle 360 concept is equipped with a number of smart sensors to read the road.
Slippery roads and even potholes will be no longer create unexpected potential dangers to the driverless vehicle.
Active wear sensors will monitor tire condition by registering and optimizing the wear of the tire to extend mileage and further enhance safety.
Inspired by nature
Our engineers get inspired by great examples in the world of fauna and flora to enhance grip, handling, comfort, longevity, …
The tread of the Eagle 360 tread mimics the pattern of a brain coral its multiple blocks and grooves can secure a safe contact patch under all conditions.
The bottom of the tread features elements similar to a natural sponge to better regulate/manage water on the road, reducing the risk of aquaplaning.
How do you fit a sphere to the car? Actually you don’t.
The tire is suspended from the car by magnetic levitation, same way like some trains already do.
This offers clear advantages like reduced noise and increased comfort.
The Eagle-360 will provide the safety, maneuverability and comfort to match the demands of autonomous cars and their users.
Goodyear’s concept tires play a dual role in the future both as creative platforms to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and testbeds for next-generation technologies.
It is our aim to move a generation forward towards a smart and safe future mobility.