Bridgestone Announces Airless Eco-Tires

Well-known tire manufacturer Bridgestone announced their new prototype tire, claiming it requires no air at all. The prototype is also supposed to be greener to produce and recycle, and is on display at the Tokyo Motor Show this week.

The new prototype looks normal on the outside, but underneath the conventional wheel tread is a honeycomb of curved spokes. The spokes themselves are made of reusable and recyclable materials, allowing the tires to be recycled with little more difficulty than current traditional tires.

Bridgestone’s prototype has a number of safety considerations to recommend it, as well. As it doesn’t rely on air pressure, it should be more puncture-proof than traditional tires, and that same lack of air pressure eliminates the need to check tire pressure. Smaller rims also allegedly give the tire points in crash safety tests.

According to Bridgestone, they’ve developed the prototype with an eye towards mass production. Would you like to see zero-air tires on your car? Let us know in the comments, below.

Source | Image: Auto Motor Und Sport.

Charis Michelsen

spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.