In Michelin Challenge Bibendum this summer, the brand unveiled a revolutionary concept tire namely “VISON”. This airless, connected, rechargeable, customizable and organic tire is a dream within reach as a revolutionary solution to deal with global plastic waste production. This is designed to make mobility safer, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly in future world.
One of the key characteristics of”VISION” is the ruggedness of the tire comes from its biometric structure, taking influence from the honeycomb, as if it may well itself have been woven by nature. As a result, this design can get its strength from its coral-like texture.
An organic tire
The materials used were both bio-sourced and biodegradable so as to minimise the tire’s environmental footprint. Imagine a wheeh which is completely recycled at the end of its life, after having covered thousands and thousands of kilometers – everything will be back to nature.
A 3D printed tire
VISION is the world’s first tire that recharges whenever the road condition changes. With the aid of 3D printers, it is possible to produce the tire with the least amount of rubber and extend its life depending on needs (e.g. in rain, snow or so on). The tread design is optimised and its depth is reduced so as to reduce its thickness and make the tire more efficient in terms of materials. For the sake of user’s mobility needs, the tread design make a perfect balance in maintaining comfort, safety and sustainability.
An airless tire
VISION does away with air, relying instead on an interior architecture capable of supporting the vehicle, ensuring the solidity of the wheel and thus guaranteeing both comfort and safety. VISION can neither explode nor blowout.
A connected tire
Equipped with sensors, VISION provides real time information about its condition. What’s more, thanks to Michelin’s mobile application, it’s possible to simply make an appointment to change the tire’s destination, depending on the user’s needs.
Just wonder, would there be a collaboration between Michelin and TESLA for mobility development in coming years? Stay tunned!
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