A tire that cleans city air, generates electricity and speaks to the people that see its future benefits; by this, it sets the industry standard for defining what it means to be a green product.
Goodyear’s latest concept The Oxygene has redefined what it means to multitask as the tire can assist in improving the quality of life and health of urban residents, says Chris Delaney, President of Europe at Goodyear. At the Geneva car show, Goodyear tire manufacturer reveals a concept that sparked curiosity from the world.
An incredible solution to a major problem – or a Utopian thought without an actual anchorage?
The company describes the concept as a visionary solution for cleaner, more practical, safer and sustainable mobility in the urban environment. According to the World Health Organisation, 80 percent of people living in urban areas are exposed to moderate levels of pollution, therefore the subject itself is one that been considered with a great deal of interest from health organisations and NGOs.
“In 2050, more than two thirds of the world\’s population is expected to live in cities, so the requirements for transport networks in urban environments will increase sharply,” Chris Delaney pinpointed.
So what is the solution? The Oxygenes have been stuffed with live moss growing inside the tires. Instead of cool alloy wheels – it’s the greenery that applies. Due to the tire\’s smart tread design, the moss will receive water through the road surface and the process of photosynthesis will clean the tire and convert carbon-dioxide to oxygen.
It has long been known that Goodyear has been inspired by the circular economy; Goodyear says this in relation to ”four performance solutions”.
The tire manufacturer has conducted a calculated example of what this would mean in a city the size of Paris; Paris Metropolitan Area has around 2.5 million vehicles – if all of these were supplied with moss tires, nearly 3,000 tonnes of oxygen would be generated annually and 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide would be absorbed.
“It features a non-pneumatic construction providing a long-lasting, puncture-free solution to extend the life of the tire”
Furthermore, the tire is a non-pneumatic construction, meaning that it is 3D-printed from recycled tires. Goodyear states that the lightweight shock-absorbing structure provides a long lasting, puncture-free solution designed to increase the life of the tire and thereby minimizing service problems, all resulting in trouble-free driving. Additionally, helping to absorb water from the tread will affect the aspect of safety but exactly what the technical solution used to replace the shock absorption function of the air tire is nothing that the company reveals.
The air-purification system of city air is not all; thanks to photosynthesis, the tire will also generate its own electricity. The energy is similarly used, inter alia, to provide a unique tire-communication system which connects to the internet. .
Goodyear certainly brings out a healthy perspective on the future and the future of tires; it is a concept that will challenge our mindset and drive the debate on sustainable future mobility.
But the question remains; does it portray a Utopian picture of the world or does it redefine current mobility structures?