Presented in Geneva in March, Goodyear’s tyre for flying cars has been unveiled at the Paris Air Show. Deemed by some to have an uncertain future, the futuristic Aero, as the US manufacturer’s latest invention is known, operates both as a conventional tyre and as a propeller enabling vehicles to take off and land, thanks to its fan blades. Goodyear sees flying cars, both autonomous and otherwise, as a market waiting to be conquered, even if it is still very much in its infancy.
Just because flying cars take to the air does not mean to say they do not need tyres. It was with that idea in mind that Goodyear unveiled its Aero tyre at the Paris Air Show, which closed its doors on Sunday 23 June. Entirely unconventional, it is the latest tyre to be designed by the US manufacturer for aircraft and flying cars, as reported by BFM TV.
Part tyre, part propeller
In driving mode, Aero is not unlike a conventional tyre, though it has a narrow design and does not contain any rubber. Then there is the fact that it can transform itself into a propeller when required, as demonstrated by a three-minute video released on Goodyear’s YouTube channel last March, just ahead of the tyre’s launch at the Geneva Motor Show.
As the video shows, when the futuristic tyre tilts to a horizontal position, the fan blades inside it begin to operate, enabling the vehicle to take off.
One tyre for driving, taking off and landing
The video, which is worthy of a sci-fi film, also shows the vehicle landing, with the tyres moving into a vertical position to allow it to make smooth contact with the ground.
In creating the tyre, Goodyear has achieved the goal it set itself, as designer Sébastien Fontaine explained at the Geneva Motor Show: “The idea is to make tyres fly in relatively simple way, so they can run on the road and then take off without the need for special infrastructures.”
A possible solution to traffic jams
Goodyear sees flying cars, both autonomous and otherwise, as a market waiting to be conquered, even if it is still very much in its infancy. The company’s executives see these vehicles as a solution to the traffic problems currently afflicting cities. “Traffic will grow in cities, but it will stay in the air,” said Fontaine.
In the opinion of many experts, however, there is still some way to go before we start seeing taxis and cars in the skies above the world’s major cities. The market for them is restricted, which means Goodyear’s revolutionary tyres are unlikely to be in everyday operation any time soon.
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