Goodyear and its tire of the future


In an ever-evolving mobility ecosystem marked by the transition to driverless cars and shared mobility solutions, Goodyear aims to revolutionize the interaction between tires, vehicles and their environment with the Eagle 360 ​​Urban. This 3D printed sphere is the first tire prototype powered by Artificial Intelligence, capable of feeling, deciding, transforming and interacting.

Last year, with the Eagle 360 ​​prototype tire, Goodyear introduced a unique, multi-directional dial to meet the needs of autonomous driving through higher levels of comfort, safety and maneuverability. The positive feedback it received prompted Goodyear to take this concept further.

Combined with a bionic skin and a shape-shifting footprint, the Eagle 360 ​​Urban has the ability to put theory into practice. The tire will become part of the vehicle's “nervous system” and the connected world of the Internet of Things. In this way, it is prepared to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, as well as to the evolution of the needs of MaaS or Mobility as a Service (mobility as a service) for both fleets and private users.

Through connectivity with other vehicles, as well as with the environment, traffic and mobility management systems, the Eagle 360 ​​Urban is also capable of processing information from its own context in real time.

Combining these sources of information and processing them instantly through neural networks programmed with complex learning algorithms, the Eagle 360 ​​Urban decides the most appropriate action and learns from the old actions in order to optimize future responses.

Made from super elastic polymer, the tire's bionic skin has a similar flexibility to human skin, allowing it to expand and contract. This outer layer covers a foam-like material that is strong enough to remain flexible despite the weight of the vehicle.

Thanks to this flexibility, the elements that act under the tire surface, which function like human muscles, can redesign the individual sections that make up the tread pattern of the tire, adding “dimples” for wet conditions or flattening its footprint. for dry surfaces. In this way, a new fingerprint with a more secure contact area is deployed. Using this changing footprint, the Eagle 360 ​​Urban transforms and adapts to also environmental and terrain variables.

When the bionic skin of the tire is damaged, sensors in the tread can locate the puncture. The tire then rotates to create a new contact surface. This reduces pressure on the puncture and allows the self-repair process to begin. This is achieved thanks to materials specifically designed to be able to flow towards the puncture. They react physically and chemically with each other to create new molecular bonds that repair the puncture.

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