TIME Magazine has selected Michelin’s Vision concept tyre of the future among its influential ’25 Best Inventions of 2017′.
The concept tyre, introduced earlier this year, represents an innovative combination of four technologies: airless, organic, rechargeable and connected.
- Airless. The Vision concept is an airless tyre-and-wheel assembly.
- Organic. The structure is derived from materials that are organic, bio-sourced, renewable and easily recycled for other applications.
- Rechargeable. The tyre can be “recharged” on demand with a 3D-printed tread, designed to be customised with biodegradable materials according to the driver’s needs.
- Connected. The tyre’s structure is embedded with sensors capable of detecting road conditions, maintenance requirements, adherence, and other necessary performances that are communicated to the vehicle, or to infrastructure networks on the smart roadways of the future.
“On behalf of Michelin and the many designers and engineers involved in bringing the Vision concept to life, we are honoured to receive this recognition from the editors at TIME Magazine,” said Terry Gettys, global head of research and development for Michelin Group. “The ideas presented in the Vision concept have taken hold among vehicle designers, demonstrating a feasible vision of how the tyre can provide essential contributions to sustainable mobility in the future.”