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