Goodyear has revealed its long-term vision for future smart, connected tires. In an evolving mobility ecosystem defined by the transition to driverless vehicles and shared mobility in urban centers, Goodyear aims to revolutionize the interaction between tires, vehicles and their surroundings.
Goodyear unveiled the Eagle 360 Urban, its latest concept tire, at the Geneva International Motor Show. This 3-D printed sphere is the first concept tire to be powered by Artificial Intelligence and able to sense, decide, transform and interact.
Key features and benefits
1. The Artificial Intelligence unit serves as the ‘brain’ of the tire and enables the tire to:
- Continuously sense the road condition and the surrounding environment in real-time and check on its own status in real-time.
- Process the information it captures using neural networks trained with deep learning algorithms to decide what to do and learn for the future.
- Transform using its own morphing tread and tire/vehicle interface.
- Interact with other vehicles and all of the elements making up the Internet of Things to share the information it has captured and lessons learned.
2. The bionic skin’s high-sensory capacity tread, with its sensor network, captures information on road and weather conditions and transmits this input to:
- the tire to optimize the morphing of the tread.
- the vehicle’s ‘nervous system’ to improve the car’s braking, handling and efficiency.
- all of the elements making up the Internet of Things to inform other tires and vehicles expected to take the same road.
3. The intelligent morphing tread prepares the vehicle for the unexpected by proactively providing safety under all conditions. Depending on the road and weather conditions, the most appropriate tread pattern appears autonomously with the help of the bionic skin of the tire.
4.The bionic skin allows self-healing repair. And, in combination with the Artificial Intelligence unit, it measures current and predicts future tire wear to allow automated tire management, enabling predictive and proactive maintenance. This maximizes uptime and safety, offering an improved mobility user experience at all times for Mobility as a Service (MaaS) providers.
5. The spherical shape moves in all directions and contributes to comfort, safety and maneuverability to match the demands of autonomous mobility and mobility as a service. The shape also copes with space limitations in smart cities (smaller parking spaces, platoon driving, maneuvering, easy to replace…).