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Goodyear recently presented its latest concept tyre, Goodyear CityCube, that was designed for the Toyota i-TRIL concept car unveiled at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.
With advanced sensor technology and a unique tread design, Goodyear said the CityCube could identify a variety of road conditions and transmit this data to the vehicle to support the advanced collision prevention systems.
The front wheels on the Toyota i-TRIL tilt and this was said to inspire Goodyear’s designers to think about motorcycle tyre design. The result was a unique contour shape and mixed fitment, a tall and narrow tyre in front and a wider asymmetric design for the rear.
The front tilting wheels fit tall and narrow tyres with reverse direction, inspired by the symmetric design of motorcycle tyres.
This helps enhance safe driving and removes water for the larger rear tyre, providing better grip.
Goodyear also introduced a new Hologram Texture to the design, with state-of-the-art gradient sidewall colours that offer a unique, premium and appealing appearance.
Tailored to meet Toyota’s exacting requirements, Goodyear said the CityCube was designed to be lightweight with low rolling resistance, which was an important feature for future electric vehicle tyres. The CityCube also had a reduced groove volume, providing higher mileage and reducing noise levels that could add to a better city life.
David Anckaert, General Director OE Product Development EMEA at Goodyear, commented: “We are delighted to present this innovative concept tyre for the Toyota i-TRIL concept car. Once again, Goodyear confirms its expertise in the development of tailor-made solutions for car manufacturers. We are committed to designing solutions to enable new mobility trends, such as autonomous vehicles and smart cities.”
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