The technology involves pressing a high-tech compound made of renewable materials according to the spaghetti principle.
No doubt the loud noise and the frustration of punctured and deflating tires on the freeways will remain a part of road trips for a long time to come. But today Goodyear is working in this direction, and perhaps in the future car owners will be spared from changing tires on the side of the road so often.
Despite the fact that the International Motor Show in Geneva did not take place this year, many companies that planned their presence at the forum switched to online presentations of their latest achievements and developments. So, good year introduced the newest "stretch concept" of the ReCharge tire, which, in theory, could make car tires virtually last forever and never need to be replaced.
The technology involves pressing a high-tech compound made of renewable materials according to the spaghetti principle. The polymer contains dandelion rubber and synthetic silk resembling a cobweb. When dried, the substance hardens and forms new, fully functional protectors. It is a kind of eco-alternative to the standard tire compound, which requires the presence of silicon dioxide to strengthen the rubber structure. The new technology is expected to help, at a minimum, improve rubber quality, reduce wear and extend tire life.
Moreover, the new concept includes a design feature that will eliminate the possibility of tire slippage without increased pressure. The new solution will be in the wheel hub in refills, so you don't have to rely on tire pressure. As climate and road conditions change throughout the year, blocks can be changed to optimize traction and fuel efficiency. Clearly, the system has little chance of reaching the mass market today, but Goodyear expects the core processes and features built into the technology to be in demand within the next ten years.