Goodyear's Aero tire is for flying self-driving cars
Goodyear just loves to stretch our brains.
Their new aero concept would function as a narrow non neumatic tyre when it's on the ground, then articulate to become an turban style propeller when it's in the air.
That's right, it's 2019 and we're envisioning self flying cars The neat trick about arrow is how the wheels.
spokes are also the propellers blades, they'd have to be pitched, curved, manufacturer and preserved in great precision.
That means the tire around them has a job of not just gripping and cushioning the ride on the road, but protecting that very delicate blade assembly.
Notice how the whole assembly is also quite narrow.
So when it's rotated into flight mode, it can function well as a propeller and without huge frontal mass.
Another interesting part of the Aero vision is that it would be monitored by fiber-optic sensors.
That may sound like a bunch of sci-fi gobbledy ****, but it's actually part of an important trend in the auto business, monitoring everything intelligently.
Look at Porsche's new Wet Mode, that listens to the sound of the pavement to know if needs to adjust itself for wet weather.
Or the millimeter wave in-car monitoring tech that Texas Instruments is developing to revolutionize the business of.
Knowing who's in the car and what state they're in.
Maybe the best part of Goodyear's Arrow concept is that it makes a mere self-driving car stuck on the ground seem passe.