The latest prototype tire from Goodyear, presented at the 88th Geneva International Motor Showliterally brings the future of mobility to life, with a visionary solution for cleaner, more convenient, safer and more sustainable urban commuting. The prototype, called Oxygen, has a unique structure that features live mosses growing within the side wall. This open structure and the smart tread design of the tire absorb and circulate moisture and water from the road surface, allowing photosynthesis and thus the release of oxygen into the air.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 80% of people living in urban areas where air pollution is measured are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the limits set by the WHO1.
Inspired by the principles of the circular economy, with an emphasis on reducing material waste, emissions and energy loss, Goodyear's Oxygene prototype is designed to seamlessly integrate into future urban landscapes, featuring several performance solutions:
-CLEANING THE AIR WE BREATHE: Oxygene absorbs moisture from the road through its unique tread and inhales CO2 from the air to feed the moss on its side wall, releasing oxygen through photosynthesis. In a city similar in size to Paris, with about 2,5 million vehicles, this would mean generating almost 3.000 tons of oxygen and absorbing more than 4.000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
- RECYCLING OF SPENT TIRES: Oxygene features a non-pneumatic construction that is 3D printed with recycled tire rubber powder. The lightweight structure absorbs shock, provides a durable, puncture-free solution designed to extend tire life and minimize service issues, providing worry-free mobility. The open structure of the tire provides additional safety by improving wet grip by absorbing water from the tread.
-GENERATE YOUR OWN ELECTRICITY: Oxygene collects the energy generated during photosynthesis to power its own electronic components, including built-in sensors, an artificial intelligence processing unit, and a customizable light strip on the side of the tire that changes color, warning users and pedestrians of maneuvers, such as lane changes or braking.
-COMMUNICATION 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, enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) data exchange, which is critical for intelligent mobility management systems.
"Like the prototypes that Goodyear has unveiled in Geneva in the past, Oxygene is intended to challenge our thinking and help drive the debate on future smart, safe and sustainable mobility.", he claimed Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa. "By contributing in this way to a generation of cleaner air, the tire could help improve the quality of life and health of city dwellers", concluded.