Pretty much anyone who’s owned a car knows the pain of having to deal with a dodgy tyre. For decades now, manufacturers have struggled with the problem of creating a tyre that is immune to that particular favour and while the military have had limited success with things like re-inflating tyres, nobody’s really come up with a practical solution for regular vehicles, until now at least.
Bridgestone’s new concept tyre uses a thermoplastic resin in place of air in order to support the tyre. It’s just as flexible but much stronger and best of all it’s easily recyclable. As with all concept designs though, don’t expect to be buying these for your car any time soon. Bridgestone intends to begin work developing versions of the tyres for smaller, personal mobility vehicles first and then start moving up towards road vehicles.
(Dropping Science will be taking a break over Christmas to make way for our special end of year posts. It will return, wiser and even more sciencey on Jan 7th!)