Good Bye to Punctured Tyres Soon
It has happened to millions of motorists across the country. But the misery of stopping at the side of the road to change a flat tyre could soon be at an end. Manufacturer Bridgestone has, it says, developed a new prototype that never goes flat reports Mail Online.
The airless tyre uses a special plastic resin that is weaved into a mesh of spokes that help to support the tread of the tyre, and also makes sure it doesn’t collapse under the weight of the vehicle. The pattern of the spokes also plays a key part in assuring that it does not collapse, performing the function air pressure does in regular tyres.
Furthermore, the tyre’s resin is made of a plastic that can be repeatedly recycled and is therefore better for the environment. The tread is also made from recycled material.
Bridgestone, who are the world’s largest tyre and rubber company, say the ‘non-pneumatic’ tyre is at an early stage of development but it should eventually be available in retail vehicles. The company unveiled its concept at the 42nd Tokyo motor show, which took place last month.
A Bridgestone spokesman said: ‘There is no need to periodically refill the tyres with air, meaning they require less maintenance. ‘At the same the worry of punctures is eliminated. ‘Non-pneumatic tyres have less impact on the environment than today’s conventional tyres. ‘Bridgestone developed this technology with the aim of practical implementation.’The concept tyre could prove to be a viable and more environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional tyres in the future.’
Early stages: Bridgestone say the tyre, which is made from recyclable materials is some way from being available for use on cars.