Goodyear's concept tire isn't called Oxygene because it's airless, although it is non-pneumatic.

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It actually has a substructure filled with living moss at its center, which breathes in CO2 and exhales oxygen.

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Oxygene harvests the energy created by its live moss to power embedded electronics, including a multi-color light strip that's used to communicate with pedestrians and fellow motorists.

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Like any good concept these days, the Oxygene involves 3D printing. 

In this case, the tire's carcass is 3D printed from recycled rubber dust.

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Goodyear envisions that this tire will be equipped with LiFi -- a visible light communications system. 

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The light-speed communications network would allow the tires to connect to the Internet of Things, allowing vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication.

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The multi-color light strip could be a novel way for tomorrow's self-driving cars to notify pedestrians and motorists of vehicle movements or road conditions.


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Many companies have been investigating biotech for the automotive space, but this is the first time we've seen anyone embrace the concept so wholeheartedly.

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We're guessing that this tread pattern is great for structural stability, but less great for wet-weather traction.

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The future of tires is still round, but it may be very, very different.

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