The best part? They're made from "wood chips, straw, sugar byproducts, and orange peels".
The intricately designed 3D-printed tires released by tire giant, Michelin, are putting the height of technology at your doorstep. The new “Vision Tire” is stepping up to replace traditional black rubber wheels. Michelin claims their tires of the future are super long-lasting, rechargeable and fully biodegradable.
Michelin revealed the tires earlier this week at the Movin’ On Conference in Montreal. Car lovers instantly fell in love with the futuristic tires that are 3D-printed with a honeycomb weave. Even more exciting is that the tires are made from “recycled organic materials, including wood chips, straw, sugar byproducts, and orange peels.”
No more flat tires or blowouts with the Vision. The Vision tire is not inflatable like traditional tires. According to Cars.com, “The interior of the tire is instead designed with an architecture that resembles alveoli (the small air sacs in the human lung), which Michelin said provides enough strength to support the structure of the tire.”
In order to provide stability, the density of the print increases towards the center of the tire. The outside of the tire has a looser structure, in order to give the tires more flexibility. The tires will be available in a variety of treads, depending on terrain— from snow to rock.
The Vision is the first ‘smart’ tire. The tire can be connected to a mobile app, which will offer updates and warnings about the tire’s condition, detected by built-in sensors. Michelin is calling the tire “rechargeable” because as the tread wears down, it can be replaced economically.
The biodegradable feature will for sure gain enthusiasm from those on the forefront of building a sustainable car. It is particularly exciting to consider an environmentally-friendly tire because black rubber tires are often discarded, and have become a major source of ocean pollution. Furthermore, friction from tires on the roadway has been shown to be cause air pollution.
So, despite being celebrated for “reinventing the wheel”, the tires are still in concept mode. No news yet about safety tests or proposed cost for consumers. In any case, from a safety standpoint, Michelin may need a few years to gain total acceptance.
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