Goodyear unveils 3D printed smart tyre to help improve air quality

Posted on 9 Mar 2018 by Jonny Williamson

Goodyear has unveiled a new concept tyre which integrates living moss, can connect to the Internet of Things, and uses the energy generated during photosynthesis to power its electronics.

Goodyear has revealed a new tyre that integrates living moss to help improve air quality; it is 3D printed and includes IoT technologies.

Goodyear’s new concept tyre, Oxygene, reportedly cleans the air by absorbing moisture from the road through its tread and it inhales carbon dioxide from the air.

As reported, the tyre has a unique structure that features living moss growing within its sidewall.

This open structure and the tire’s tread design are planned to absorb and circulate moisture and water from the road surface.

According to Goodyear, the concept aims to provide a solution for cleaner, more convenient, safer and sustainable urban mobility.

Because as the tyre absorbs and circulates moisture and water from the road surface, photosynthesis occurs, and therefore, releases oxygen into the air.

Demands on transport networks increase

Chris Delaney, president of Goodyear EMEA, said: “With more than two-thirds of the world population expected to live in cities by 2050, the demands on transport networks in urban environments will increase substantially.

“Smarter, greener infrastructure and transport will be crucial in addressing the most pressing challenges of urban mobility and development.”

Inspired by the circular economy

Oxygene is inspired by the principles of the circular economy and puts emphasis on reducing material waste, emissions, and energy loss.

By absorbing moisture from the road, nearly 3,000 tons of oxygen could be generated, according to Goodyear, and more than 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide absorbed per year in a city similar in size to greater Paris which has about 2.5 million vehicles.

Oxygene also works to recycle worn tires; it features a non-pneumatic construction which is 3D printed with rubber powder from recycled tires.

Goodyear reported that this structure is light and shock-absorbing; it also provides a long-lasting, puncture-free solution that can extend the life of the tire and minimise service issues.

The tyre generates its own electricity

Oxygene uses the energy generated during photosynthesis to power its electronics which are embedded; this includes onboard sensors, an artificial intelligence processing unit, and light strip which is customisable in the tire’s sidewall.

This strip switches colours, warning both road users and pedestrians of upcoming manoeuvres, such as lane changes or braking, as reported.

Oxygene can communicate at the speed of light; it uses a visible light communications system to achieve high-capacity mobile connectivity at the speed of light.

This system enables the tyre to connect to the Internet of Things, allowing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data Exchange.

Delaney said: “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.”