Air-less Tires Debut – Zuza Petrushka – Exercise 101

Bridgestone airless tires are set to debut on bicycles at the Tokyo Olympics. These tires allow people to not worry if they run over something that is sharp that could possibly pierce a tire, which could save a lot of money in the long term for consumers. While we hear all the positive about this product, when can we really see this on daily vehicles, from commercial trucks to pedestrian vehicles?

While it sounds like an easy replacement for pedestrian vehicles and bicycles, the biggest consumer of tires would be the shipping industry, consisting of "500,000 trucking companies in the U.S., consisting of 15.5 million trucks, with 2,000,000 of those being tractor trailers." Meaning that there's a lot of tires to be made. Jon Kimple, Bridgestone's Executive Director, explains:

...there's an air-related issue every 8,000 miles. If (consumers) got a truck that's not running, it's costing them money"

With this concept of an air-less tire, we see people comments from individuals who think about the impacts of road conditions, for example, how will this tire work in the snow? Since it is still a concept for commercial vehicles, bicycles will be the ultimate testing ground to see how this product can adapt to the environment.

In conclusion, the idea of having a fan-cooled and air-less tires on transportation vehicles is an overall positive impact, however it is still a growing concept set for the future.

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By Zuza

Industrial Designer, CCA Transfer student FA2020

Comments (1)

  1. I wonder if airless tires might affect any performance aspects of driving like suspension absorption or steering wheel sensitivity.

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