Goodyear Goes Green, Unveils Moss-Lined Tire that Eats CO2 and Puts Out Oxygen
Goodyear debuts the wackiest green concept yet at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show- Oxygene- quite literally bringing the future of mobility to life as a visionary solution for cleaner, more convenient, safer and more sustainable urban mobility.
The concept tire has a unique structure that features living moss growing within its sidewall. This open structure and the tire’s tread design are planned to absorb and circulate moisture and water from the road surface. As the tire absorbs and circulates moisture and water from the road surface, photosynthesis occurs, and therefore, releases oxygen into the air.
What’s more, the tire would also capture energy generated during photosynthesis and use it to power electronics inside it, such as onboard sensors, a customizable safety light, and an artificial intelligence processing unit.
Oxygene is also airless and puncture-free, with a shock-absorbing open tread structure that improves grip in wet conditions. Goodyear says the Oxygene can also communicate with tires on other vehicles and with infrastructure through speed-of-light LiFi technology, and illumination will help it signal when the vehicle is turning or brakes are being applied.
“Oxygene is meant to challenge our thinking and help drive the debate around smart, safe and sustainable future mobility,” said Chris Delaney, president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East, and Africa, in a press statement. “By contributing in this way to cleaner air generation, the tire could help enhance quality of life and health for city-dwellers.”