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Goodyear’s latest concept tyre, introduced at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, literally brings the future of mobility to life as a visionary solution for cleaner, more convenient, safer and more sustainable urban mobility.
The concept, named Oxygene, has a unique structure that features living moss growing within the sidewall. This open structure and the tyre’s smart tread design absorb and circulate moisture and water from the road surface, allowing photosynthesis to occur and therefore releasing oxygen into the air.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 80 per cent of people who live in air pollution-measured urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits.
“With more than two-thirds of the world population expected to live in cities by 2050, the demands on transport networks in urban environments would increase substantially,” said Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Smarter, greener infrastructure and transport would be crucial in addressing the most pressing challenges of urban mobility and development.”
Inspired by the principles of the circular economy, with emphasis on reducing material waste, emissions and energy loss, Goodyear’s Oxygene concept is designed to integrate seamlessly into future cityscapes, featuring several performance solutions:
“Like the concept designs Goodyear has presented at Geneva in the past, Oxygene is meant to challenge our thinking and help drive the debate around smart, safe and sustainable future mobility,” Delaney said. “By contributing in this way to cleaner air generation, the tyre could help enhance quality of life and health for city-dwellers.”
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