Goodyear has presented a prototype of nothing more and nothing less than a Moss Tire! Yes, just as you are reading it, Moss! And we could not put it any other way, because with this tire the company claims that it will be possible to generate oxygen while driving in our cars.
This new sustainable and environmentally friendly tire initiative has been given the name Oxygene. The company seeks to use it to carry out a photosynthesis process by which Co2 is taken from the streets in order to transform it into oxygen.
In the words of Chris Delaney, president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa:
“With more than two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, the demand for transport networks in urban environments will increase substantially. Therefore, smarter and greener infrastructure and transportation will be crucial to address the most pressing challenges of urban mobility and development”.
Here we tell you all about the moss tire.
You may still be trying to discern how a moss tire can work while doing so much for mobility and the environment. Goodyear claims that its prototype will generate electricity through the process of photosynthesis, but that it will also be sufficient to power its internal electronics.
Martín Rosales, manager of the company in Colombia, where the prototype was also presented, commented:
“The fact that the tire’s tread structure is open allows it to absorb surface moisture and Co2 as it moves. These, when in contact with the moss, cause a photosynthesis process to occur, thus generating oxygen”.
He also added that this moss tire will mark a before and after in terms of urban mobility, since, for example, in Paris there are 2.5 million cars. So, if such tires were used there, they could generate 3,000 tons of oxygen each year, in addition to absorbing 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
Finally, Rosales pointed out that:
“They will also be tires with artificial intelligence, with the ability to connect and give information to autonomous cars to make it a much safer mobility.”
It is possible that with a moss tire like the one presented by Goodyear, the future of the environment and mobility is a little more promising than we are normally used to imagining.
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