Michelin shows puncture-proof tire
“Today, about 200 million tires a year have to be thrown away because of damage by a puncture or underinflation”, says Michelin R&D Director Eric Vinesse. “That is the weight equivalent of 200 times the Eiffel Tower.”
UPTIS uses new technology based on composite materials. According to its developers, this technology helps deliver similar performance to a traditional tire.
“You have all the elements of a traditional Michelin tire, but without the drawbacks”, says Michelin Group president Florent Menegaux.
Michelin is working with General Motors for the development of the tire and get it ready for commercialization. “We need a car manufacturer that can help us and that commits to performing all the necessary tests”, says Menegaux.
According to Michelin’s President, Uptis could also benefit autonomous vehicles. “Autonomous vehicles can’t handle punctured tires, they can’t deal with being immobilized. This tire will be the answer to those challenges.”