GM and Airfree Tires

Discussion in 'General Motors' started by jim, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. jim

    jim Active Member

    https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/michelin-gm-future-tires/

    I think it's the next BIG breakthrough in vehicles. Imagine no more flats. (most new cars have no spare). No air pressure monitoring and filling, better low rolling resistance, more miles out of your tires, less bump going over pot holes and speed bumps and no accidents from an out of control car with a flat.
    I already have air free tires on my citizen bike, Specialized has air free tires on their alibi model bike, Polaris has air free tires on their ATV.

    What do you think?
     
  2. electriceddy

    electriceddy Active Member

    Somewhat reminiscent of the Tweel back in 2005:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tweel
    Disadvantages with that type was more road noise, vibration and more friction.
    With newer materials hopefully these will be overcome. I like the idea being open to eject water and reduce hydroplane affects adversely I don't like the idea of mud and rocks getting stuck in the ribs (throw off balance etc)
    And then there's the question of what to do with the TPMS sensors?
     

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