Michelin has revealed its Vision concept tyre at the 2017 Movin' On conference in Montreal, Canada.
The new visionary Michelin concept tyre is a 3D-printed airless, biodegradable tyre, connected, rechargeable, customizable and organic as well.
The concept tyre is also both a wheel and a tyre at the same time. The tyre was produced through “design thinking and in co-construction with users”.
The concept tyre's tread is rechargeable via 3D printing, which enables it to be adjusted quickly for different seasons or use cases. The concept tyre is also connected, equipped with sensors that provide real-time information about its condition.
It all started off when the goal was to drive for convergence among all technologies with the aim of inventing an object that signified the mobility of the future as well as being both sustainable and intelligent.
The project was launched in autumn 2016 under the leadership of the Michelin Corporate Innovation Board (CIB). Mostapha El-Oulhani, a group designer, was assigned to the project.
The method chosen supported co-construction with users and experts, as well as design thinking. The company began by listening to people, from city motorists to race drivers, from farmers to airline pilots, from engineering equipment drivers to children hardly old enough to ride bikes.
Upon research with various users and experts, Michelin found that the below requirement:
- Users did not want to reduce their need for safety.
- Grip in all weather conditions and efficient braking in all circumstances was necessary.
- Additionally, users adopted environmental responsibility and wanted to consume cleanly.
The materials utilised, which were both bio-sourced and biodegradable, minimised the tyre’s environmental footprint. Michelin's Vision was designed as a natural object as the team were very interested in the process that sees a seed become a bud.
While Michelin's Vision Concept Tyre is far from production and ultimately offered on regular road-going cars, the initiative by the tyre manufacturer is truly marvellous and ingenious. The tyre is environment-friendly, rechargeable and the mere fact that the tyre acts like a plant that is born from the earth and returns to the earth when it dies.