Tire manufacturer Goodyear has unveiled a new concept it has been developing in the form of the Goodyear Oxygene Living Tire, which has been inspired by the “principles of the circular economy”, and has been created with the aim of reducing material waste, emissions, and energy loss. Goodyear’s Oxygene concept is designed to “integrate seamlessly into future cityscapes” says the company, when showcasing the concept tire at this month’s 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
The Goodyear Oxygene Living Smart Tire is constructed using a unique structure that features living moss growing within the sidewall of the tire, with the tread of the tyre designed to absorb and circulate moisture and water from the road surface. Allowing the moss to grow and for photosynthesis to occur releasing oxygen into the air. Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa explains “Like the concept designs Goodyear has presented at Geneva in the past, Oxygene is meant to challenge our thinking and help drive the debate around smart, safe and sustainable future mobility. By contributing in this way to cleaner air generation, the tire could help enhance quality of life and health for city-dwellers.”
Features of the Goodyear Oxygene Living Tire smart tire include Cleaning the Air We Breathe, Recycling Worn Tires, Generating its Own Electricity and Communicating at the Speed of Light. Oxygene uses a visible light communications system, or LiFi, for high-capacity mobile connectivity at the speed of light. LiFi enables the tire to connect to the Internet of Things, allowing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data exchange, which is critical to smart mobility management systems.
For more information on the concept tire jump over to the press release on the official Goodyear website.