Goodyear’s latest concept tire quite literally brings the future of mobility to life.
Oxygene is a visionary solution for cleaner, more convenient, safer and more sustainable urban mobility. This is crucial if you consider that more than 80% of people living in air pollution-measured urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organization limits.
How Oxygene works
The concept’s unique open structure features living moss in the sidewall. Additionally, the smart tread design absorbs moisture and water from the road surface. Via photosynthesis, the tire will then release oxygen into the air.
In a city similar in size to greater Paris with about 2.5 million vehicles, this would mean generating nearly 3,000 tons of oxygen and absorbing more than 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Inspired by the circular economy
Oxygene embodies some principles of the circular economy with an emphasis on reducing material waste, emissions and energy loss. The concept features a non-pneumatic construction, 3D-printed with rubber powder from recycled tires.
Oxygene harvests the energy generated during photosynthesis to power its embedded electronics. These include onboard sensors, an artificial intelligence processing unit and a customizable light strip in the tire’s sidewall. The strip switches colors to warn both road users and pedestrians of upcoming maneuvers, such as lane changes or braking.
Goodyear’s Oxygene may never make it to the production line as such. However, some elements might become the basis for new ideas and potentially new, groundbreaking products and services in the future.