Goodyear Oxygene concept: ‘tyre with a green lung’
At the Geneva International Motor Show tyre manufacturer Goodyear showed a revolutionary new tyre concept, the Goodyear Oxygene, converting CO2 into oxygen via photosynthesis and capable of communicating with the road infrastructure too.
The Oxygen tyre concept wants urban mobility to be cleaner, safer, more comfortable and more sustainable. In the sidewall of the tyre grows moss that is fed by water absorbed from the road and that circulates in the tyre, starting the photosynthesis process and producing oxygen.
Besides water from the road, the concept tyre sucks CO2 out of the air. That way it’s feeding the moss in its sidewall. The moss converts CO2 into oxygen due to the photosynthesis process.
Goodyear has already calculated possible benefits for the environment: in a mega city where 2,5 million cars would circulate on Oxygene tyres, 3.000 tons of oxygen would be produced yearly and 4.000 tons of CO2 would be eliminated in the process.
Safer and more durable
Apart from being environmentally friendly, the tyre would also be safer because it absorbs water, diminishing the risk for aquaplaning. The light structure of the tyre makes it more comfortable and it also has a longer life span than a normal tyre.
Data recording and transmitting
The tyre should be able to store the energy of the photosynthesis process and provide the built-in electronics with the necessary energy. These electronics consist of sensors, an artificially intelligent ‘brain’ and a light emitting sidewall that can change colour.
The Oxygene uses a communication system called LiFi because it works at… light speed. It makes the tyre communicate with the internet, so that cars can communicate with themselves and with the road infrastructure. According to Goodyear this is the base for intelligent mobility solutions.
“Like all the concept tyres we showed earlier, here in Geneva or elsewhere, Oxygene wants to fuel the discussion about intelligent, safe and durable mobility”, says Jürgen Titz from Goodyear. “As our tyre is also cleaning the air, it will actually contribute to a better health for all citizens.”