Washington, Dec 10 : Bridgestone have announced the development of the non-pneumatic (airless) concept tire, which will not only make it free of punctures, but will be more environmentally friendly than the regular black rings of rubber.
The concept tire uses a thermoplastic resin spoke structure along the inner sides of the tires that supports the weight of the vehicle, just as pressurized air does in a regular tire, which means no risk of leaks and no risk of punctures.
The resin is also 100 percent recyclable which makes it far greener than regular tires, many of which go to landfill and at best, are cut up for insulation and other uses, Fox News reported.
Bridgestone envisions a continuous cycle of recycling and reuse, as the thermoplastic can be constantly re-formed when heated.
Michelin also tried working with airless technology back in the early 2000s but the tech has now got to the point where its becoming production viable.
The consequences for puncture-proof tires are wider than simple convenience, too.
Fewer cars are being supplied with spare wheels these days, many opting for a can of tire-sealant instead.
These new tires would allow all cars to go without either, saving all-important weight, currently public enemy number one in the car industry.
With no provision for a spare tire, trunk space would also be freed up, making cars more practical.
Tires have seemingly been holding back the cars they're fitted to in many areas then, but with the efforts of companies like Bridgestone, they may soon be one of the most cutting-edge technologies on your car. (ANI)