Geneva Motor Show is not only a place where only new cars are showcased, but also a platform where some very interesting vehicle technology that directly helps to build a new car are also seen. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company showcased something like that.
Goodyear showcased two concept tyres – BH03 and Triple Tube. BH03 offers the possibility of charging the batteries of electric cars by transforming the heat generated by the rolling tyre into electrical energy. This tyre generates electricity through the action of materials in the tyre that capture and transform the energy created by heat when it flexes as it rolls during normal driving conditions. The materials used would optimise the tyre’s electricity generation capabilities as well as its rolling resistance.
Triple Tube contains three tubes that adjust tyre inflation pressure in response to changing road conditions, delivering new levels of performance and versatility. It basically features three internal tubes within the tyre. The tyre automatically adjusts on its own to three different positions based on road conditions.
The eco/safety position with maximum inflation in all three tubes offers reduced rolling resistance. The sporty position with reduced inflation within the inboard shoulder tube gives drivers dry handling through an optimised contact patch and the wet traction position with maximised inflation in the center tube provides high aquaplaning resistance through a raised tread in the center of the tyre.
“These concept tyres reimagine the role that tyres may play in the future. We envision a future in which our products become more integrated with the vehicle and the consumer, more environmentally friendly and more versatile," said Joe Zekoski, senior vice president and chief technical officer, Goodyear.