Goodyear has developed spherical concept tires called Eagle-360 for self-driving cars. The company has reinvented the wheel by creating a spherical tire which looks like the BB-8 from Star Wars. All four tires would be suspended using magnetic levitation and able to move in every direction.
The company claims this innovative tire is designed for the autonomous cars of tomorrow like Google or Tesla.
The 3-D printed tread was inspired by coral reefs with a sponge-like groove design that allows for better “aquaplaning” resistance and handling performance. Technology lets the tires rotate to manuever around obstacles and, in turn, extending the life of the tire. A “magnetic levitation system,” “biomimicry,” and parking technology are just some of the other mind-blowing features.
Joseph Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer, said: ‘By steadily reducing the driver interaction and intervention in self-driving vehicles, tires will play an even more important role as the primary link to the road.’
The company expects that, by 2035, car manufacturers will be selling 85 million autonomous cars annually.
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