Future Tire as Goodyear: Will Be Spherical and Feel, May Decide, Transform E Interact

We are already used to certain devices smart (like phones or watches) and familiar with all the ‘smart’ that is coming to the home, even of what trade shows such as CES teach us how intelligent mirrors and combs. But the cars are in the limelight of the ‘smart’, and this goes beyond the on-board computer or sensors: Goodyear already talks about intelligent tires that are autorreparan.

The connected car has been one of the protagonists of the MWC 2017, with prototypes and simulators in stands that were not even from automotive manufacturers such as Bosch. Within this concept car of the future, Goodyear now leverages the Geneva International Automobile to talk about their latest prototype of tyre, the 360 Urban Eagle, powered by artificial intelligence.

A tire which “Decides” and “feel”

This striking tire (which is not circular, but spherical) last year with the 360 Eagle, that has already had its precedent already had a spherical shape and it raised a ride with better handling and even security. Hence, the brand continued with this approach, already focused on the autonomous car, but adapting to two clear trends already for some time in the technology and the automobile: artificial intelligence and connectivity.

Goodyear has endowed his concept of spherical pneumatic neural networks learning algorithms programmed so that he “decide” and adapt to the conditions of the environment and driving

What changes in the evolution of this year? That Goodyear He has wanted to make “a brain” their pneumatic spherical, i.e. give it neural networks programmed learning algorithms so that own tire “decide”. This “decision making” will determine the adaptation to the ambient conditions and driving.

The adaptation is based on to change its shape and the footprint, which is possible to have a skin Bionic with a network of sensors, the existing track the State and collect information from the environment (surface of the road, etc.). Here provides connectivity both with other vehicles and external mobility management systems, so that also collect and use information from other elements (to anticipate accidents, works, etc.). The combination of real time information with the old logging will determine responses, hence they speak of that tire is “capable of feeling, decide, transform and interact”.

The sensitive part puts this skin bionics have mentioned, which is composed of a super elastic polymer that shrinks and expands (with similar flexibility to of the human skin, as described by the manufacturer). Under this sort of “skin” is a resistant material similar to foam that can remain flexible even with the weight of the vehicle itself. This structure makes the items under the surface of the vehicle to act more or less like human muscle, and may vary the surface areas independently according to the surface (“dimples” for wet, flat to dry, etc.).

And if you click? As to heal

So, as we said before, the ability to gather information on the State of the tire makes this Bionic skin is damaged it is detected and starts a self-healing maneuver that I have seen represented in the video. What happens according to the manufacturer is that tread sensors located prick, which makes tire turn to create a new contact surface.

So what you get is to reduce pressure on the area of the puncture, so that makes it easy to start what is the self itself, i.e. the reaction physics and chemistry of materials (so created new molecular bonds on the affected area). A process that is similar to the reaction that is triggered in our bodies when we get a cut or wound, and that as they do to see happen in March (i.e., with the conditions of temperature and others involved).

A tire for a future… do?

All of this is pretty spectacular, but what state is this project and forecast what there is to see it in a car? As currently there are no approximate to this date, it is an approach to the evolution of the automobile and future standards in this industry. Meanwhile Goodyear has worked with the French school of ISD RUBIKA design for the creation of * a prototype vehicle tailored for the 360 Urban Eagle *, Vision UMOD.

“Smart” is almost what most assume, since the integration of sensors is booming for years and they increasingly work best (as well as cheaper, etc.). Lack see in reality, and not in simulation, everything that we are explaining, especially that the circulation with them safer and that capacity of self-healing in the purest style of the skin tissue regeneration.

If in practice this intelligent tire works as described, since then it would be something quite revolutionary, both in terms of the industry of the tyre itself as own automobiles. The spherical form is incompatible with the current system of shafts, nuts and others, which raises a magnetic levitation system (as you saw in the video of the 360 Eagle).

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