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August 6, 2022

Goodyear developed a specially engineered non-pneumatic (airless) tire (NPT) designed to extend tire life and reduce maintenance activities.

While air-filled tires will always have their place, a mixture of solutions is needed across different applications. Autonomous vehicles, for example, may benefit from the maintenance-free aspect of an airless tires, while other vehicles may still favor the traditional tire.

Goodyear is aiming for DOT-approved applications for this technology but this is still several years away as the company works through more technical iterations of its airless tires. Trials of the tires on autonomous vehicles and last-mile delivery robots give Goodyear the chance to continually innovate when it comes to construction, materials, and manufacturing processes. As the e-mobility space evolves and multi-modal transport types become yet more common, this offers the chance to test the tires in all-new environments too.

“The non-pneumatic tire development effort at Goodyear is wrapped under a technology bold goal to produce the first 100% sustainable material and maintenance-free tire on the market by 2030," explains Michael Rachita, Goodyear's Senior Program Manager for non-pneumatic tires.

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00:00 Next-Gen Airless Tires
01:37 Test Drive
05:10 Tire Design
05:50 Close Up Right Tire
07:04 Close Up Left Tire