Goodyear unveiled three unique prototypes at Geneva International Motor Show. The Goodyear Oxygene, Efficientgrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology, and Intelligent Tire Prototype. These Goodyear prototypes are designed to enhance mobility, durability, and flexibility of car tires.

The Goodyear Oxygene, brings the future of mobility to life as a visionary solution for cleaner, more convenient, safer and more sustainable urban mobility. It has a unique structure that features living moss growing within the sidewall. This open structure and the tire’s smart tread design absorb and circulate moisture and water from the road surface, allowing photosynthesis to occur and therefore releasing oxygen into the air.

Its core purpose includes cleaning the air we breathe (as the moss absorbs the CO2 and releases clean O2 into the air), recycling worn tires (a non-pneumatic construction that is 3D-printed with rubber powder from recycled tires), generating its own electricity (harvests the energy generated during photosynthesis to power its embedded electronics) and communicating at the speed of light (uses a visible light communications system, or LiFi, for high-capacity mobile connectivity at the speed of light).

Efficientgrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology prototype is for the growing electric vehicle market. According to Goodyear testing, traditional tires can wear out 30% faster on electric vehicles due to the powerful, instant torque from electric motors and the additional vehicle weight from heavy battery packs.

The EfficientGrip Performance prototype with Electric Drive are to tackle this matter by extending mileage from innovative tread design (the tread’s thinner channels allows a larger rubber contact patch on the road surface than traditional radial grooves), High-Load- carrying construction (the tire cavity shape has been optimized to support the additional vehicle weight from batteries for high performance), extended driving range (the tread compound has been tuned for ultra-low rolling resistance to extending the vehicle range while coping with high levels of torque).

Intelligent Tire prototype is a complete tire information system that includes a tire, sensors, cloud-based algorithms that all work together to communicate in real time with fleet operators via a mobile app. This enables optimal tire usage for safer and more cost-efficient mobility and maximized uptime. The sensors in Goodyear’s intelligent tire provides real-time data to Goodyear’s proprietary algorithms. With this information on the tire, the ID and status (including wear, temperature, and pressure) are continuously updated and shared with fleet operators.