They’re completely airless, last virtually forever, and could be the perfect tire for our autonomous future.
Michelin, the 128-year-old tire manufacturer based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, recently unveiled a 3D-printed tire concept that it says could be the ideal ride for self-driving cars.
It just needs to figure out how to actually manufacture them first.
Dubbed “Vision,” these spidery, psychedelic-looking sponges are printed from bio-sourced and biodegradable materials, including natural rubber, bamboo, paper, tin cans, wood, electronic and plastic waste, hay, tire chips, used metals, cloth, cardboard, molasses, and orange zest.
“replace a tire-and-wheel-combination with a unique structure”While it may sound like Michelin is……