Rein­vent­ing the wheel

Goodyear introduces AI-pow­ered tires and con­cept tire for au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles.

HWM (Malaysia) - - IGNATION -

Love it or hate it, au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles are the fu­ture of the au­to­mo­bile. In fact, com­pa­nies such as Goodyear have al­ready be­gun em­brac­ing their im­pend­ing ar­rival with the de­vel­op­ment of tires that are made specif­i­cally with au­ton­o­mous elec­tric ride-shar­ing ve­hi­cles in mind.

They’re called the In­tel­liGrip Ur­ban. And as you would ex­pect from the tire of the fu­ture, the In­tel­liGrip Ur­ban is jam-packed with tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing sen­sors that can de­tect road and weather con­di­tions. The data gath­ered by these sen­sors are re­layed to the on­board com­puter sys­tem of the ve­hi­cle, prompt­ing the car to ad­just its speed, brak­ing, han­dling, and sta­bil­ity ac­cord­ingly.

The tall and slen­der de­sign of the In­tel­liGrip Ur­ban tires, mean­while, play an ac­tive role in min­i­miz­ing rolling re­sis­tance, which trans­lates to bet­ter en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and in­creased travel range for elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

The In­tel­liGrip Ur­ban, how­ever, is no match to the sheer com­plex­ity of the Ea­gle 360 Ur­ban – a set of tires that are pow­ered by ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

Equipped with a self-heal­ing bionic ‘skin’ that comes re­plete with its own em­bed­ded sen­sor net­work, the Ea­gle 360 Ur­ban is ca­pa­ble of mon­i­tor­ing its own sta­tus and gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion about its en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing the sur­face of the road. It can even in­ter­con­nect with other ve­hi­cles, in­fra­struc­ture, and traf­fic and mo­bil­ity man­age­ment sys­tems to learn about its sur­round­ings in real time.

When the Ea­gle 360 Ur­ban comes in con­tact with a wet road, the ac­tu­a­tor el­e­ments be­neath its sur­face will adapt ac­cord­ingly by adding ‘dim­ples’ to the in­di­vid­ual sec­tions of its tread de­sign for bet­ter grip. Once the road con­di­tions im­prove, its tread will be smoothened out to cre­ate a wider and safer con­tact patch.

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