Goodyear has recently introduced an innovative conceptual design for an airless tire, termed as Goodyear Aero, which will act as a tire and a propeller for flying cars of the future. The Aero tires would supposedly have bladed spokes that would work as a fan to allow the wheels to flip upwards and help to propel a car into the air.
The company’s flying tire is still only a design concept, sources with knowledge on the matter confirmed.
Chief Technology Officer of Goodyear, Chris Helsel said the Aero flying tire design has been developed to spark discussions regarding transportation alternatives for the future. He added that as mobility companies are looking towards the sky for finding an answer to urban transport challenges and congestions, Goodyear’s work on advanced tire design and materials has led the company to develop a wheel which can cater to both, on-road tires and propulsion system in the sky.
Sources mentioned that aerospace experts are doubting the possibility of the propeller-tire hybrid ever making it off the ground. They believe it will be difficult for the wheels to fulfil a car’s needs for breaking when on ground and withstand extreme rotation speeds necessary to lift a car into the air.
Apparently, some Aero tire design parts are similar to technology already existent in today’s cars, like the combination of artificial intelligence and optical sensing to be integrated into Aero tires for monitoring the tire conditions and communicating with other vehicles and infrastructure. Presently, some cars are able to communicate with one another for helping to avoid accidents. Also, some cars have air-pressure sensors in tires to let the drivers know about low pressures or blowouts.
The sources mentioned that Goodyear had introduced the futuristic design at the Geneva Motor Show. Previously, at the show in 2016, Goodyear had unveiled designs for spherical tires that will allow cars to move in any direction. Later, it disclosed plans for developing moss-filled tires for stripping CO2 in the air, at the show in 2018.