Bridgestone presents airless tires for large platforms that can support up to 5,000 pounds

Bridgestone is ready to deploy airless tires in an attempt to combat the air-related problems commercial trucks face while traveling across the country.

The new design replaces the pressurized air with a recycled thermoplastic ‘net’ that supports up to 5,000 pounds each with the added benefit of never losing pressure.

The Japanese company first plans to launch a smaller and lighter version for bicycles, and will showcase the design with a fleet of tireless bicycles at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The flexible belt is designed to provide conformity and damping that the pressed air would do in traditional tires, and it is said that the tread ‘provides similar grip levels to conventional rolling stock’.

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Bridgestone is ready to deploy airless tires in an attempt to combat the air-related problems commercial trucks face while traveling across the country. The new design replaces the pressurized air with a recycled thermoplastic 'net' that supports up to 5,000 pounds each with the added benefit of never losing pressure

Bridgestone is ready to deploy airless tires in an attempt to combat the air-related problems commercial trucks face while traveling across the country. The new design replaces the pressurized air with a recycled thermoplastic ‘net’ that supports up to 5,000 pounds each with the added benefit of never losing pressure

Jon Kimpel, executive director of engineering for new mobility solutions at Bridgestone Americas said Automotive news, ‘Fleet operators are asking us this.’

‘This technology solves a problem and saves them money. Your job is to keep your trucks on the road, and you can’t do it when your tires aren’t properly inflated. ”

‘On the side of the truck,’ he added, ‘there is a problem related to the air every 8,000 miles. If they have a truck that is not working, it is costing them money. ‘

Bridgestone presented the design at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, where it demonstrated how it combined the tread and the wheel of a tire in a durable and high-strength structure.

The Japanese company first plans to launch a smaller and lighter version for bicycles, and will showcase the design with a fleet of bicycles with airless tires at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

The Japanese company first plans to launch a smaller and lighter version for bicycles, and will showcase the design with a fleet of bicycles with airless tires at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

The Japanese company first plans to launch a smaller and lighter version for bicycles, and will showcase the design with a fleet of bicycles with airless tires at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

The flexible belt is designed to provide compliance and damping that the pressed air would do in traditional tires and the tread is said to provide similar grip levels to conventional rolling stock.

The flexible belt is designed to provide compliance and damping that the pressed air would do in traditional tires and the tread is said to provide similar grip levels to conventional rolling stock.

The flexible belt is designed to provide compliance and damping that the pressed air would do in traditional tires and the tread is said to provide similar grip levels to conventional rolling stock.

This concept, according to Bridgestone, eliminates the need to fill and maintain tires with air and ultimately eliminates the hazards and downtime associated with a flat tire.

The airless tire is the way the company modernizes the tire to compete with Michelin, which revealed that it was designing its own airless tire in June last year.

Working together with General Motors, the duo announces the so-called Uptis tire (unique puncture-proof tire system) that is made of resin-embedded fiberglass and an aluminum wheel.

The creation required up to 50 patents to protect the technology and its creators claim that it can replicate the performance of current tires while being better for the environment, more durable and cheaper.

Michelin’s executive vice president, Erick Vinesse, at the Movin’On transport summit in Montreal said: ‘This is a revolutionary prototype. We have shown that this concept is not a dream. ‘

“This will bring less stress and more peace of mind, knowing that there is no longer the risk of being on the side of the road due to a flat tire,” he said.

The airless tire is the way the company modernizes the tire to compete with Michelin, which revealed that it was designing its own airless tire in June last year. Working as a team with General Motors, the duo announces the so-called Uptis tire (exclusive puncture-proof tire system) that is made of resin-embedded fiberglass and an aluminum wheel (pictured)

The airless tire is the way the company modernizes the tire to compete with Michelin, which revealed that it was designing its own airless tire in June last year. Working as a team with General Motors, the duo announces the so-called Uptis tire (exclusive puncture-proof tire system) that is made of resin-embedded fiberglass and an aluminum wheel (pictured)

The airless tire is the way the company modernizes the tire to compete with Michelin, which revealed that it was designing its own airless tire in June last year. Working as a team with General Motors, the duo announces the so-called Uptis tire (exclusive puncture-proof tire system) that is made of resin-embedded fiberglass and an aluminum wheel (pictured)

Michelin added that the design could also be printed in 3D and would be more sustainable and would probably improve fuel economy.

“The aspect of sustainability is fundamental for the next ten years,” Vinesse explained.

‘We have the ambition in the next 30 years of being 80 percent renewable in everything.

‘We need to move towards a more sustainable future where we can provide solutions that have less impact on the environment in general. There is a global benefit for society and for everyone. ‘

GM and Michelin say that punctures and explosions will not be a concern and the inability to inflate them in excess or below means that they will have a longer lifespan.

A series of spokes replaces the usual sidewall of the tire and can support the weight of a car or SUV as well as traditional pneumatic versions.

This was a major obstacle to the previous iterations of the tire that could not be as resistant as the tested alternatives.

The revolutionary design will also see the existing wheel replaced by a new tread, avoiding the need to install a completely new tire.

This, says Michelin, will reduce costs, materials and time for both the manufacturer and the consumer.

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