Is Goodyear’s Self-regenerating Tire Concept Too Good to be True?

Tires have a limited life cycle that varies according to the quality of the compound and the way they are used. Reversing the process of aging and wear seems impossible, right?

Wrong, says Goodyear, which has developed a revolutionary new tire concept called “reCharge.” It adapts to the weather, season and road conditions, allowing the tread to regenerate as it wears out.

At the core of the reCharge concept is a reloadable and biodegradable tread compound that can be recharged with individual capsules. Filled with a customized liquid compound, these capsules allow the tread to regenerate and the tire to regain lost properties.

Confused? Here’s a video that makes it a bit clearer:

Thanks to artificial intelligence, Goodyear explains, a driver profile would be created around which the liquid compound would be tailored to each individual. And don’t worry about durability because the compound itself would be reinforced with fibres inspired by one of the toughest natural materials in the world—spider silk.

The tread would be supported by a lightweight, non-pneumatic frame and tall-and-narrow shape, the kind of construction that requires low maintenance since it would eliminate the need for pressure control or downtime related to punctures.

What this means, ultimately, is that replacing your tires could become a thing of the past. All you would have to do is simply to change the rechargeable capsules.

“The Goodyear reCharge is a concept tire without compromise, supporting personalized, sustainable and hassle-free mobility for tomorrow,” the company says.

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

TiresMichelin’s Airless Tire is Getting More and More Serious
While car tires have changed very little over the past few decades, some manufacturers are taking big steps to revolutionize the way we drive. Back in June, Michelin hosted the world premiere of its innovative new Uptis airless tire in Montreal with the promise of eliminating flats for good. A …
TechnologyContinental Develops a Self-Inflating Tire
How’s that for an innovation? Tire manufacturer Continental has developed a tire concept that can inflate itself while driving. Known as C.A.R.E. (Connected. Autonomous. Reliable. Electrified), the tire features built-in sensors that continuously evaluate data regarding tread depth, possible damage, tire temperature and tire pressure. These sensors then transmit information …
TiresTop 10 : Best Winter Tires for Cars and Small SUVs, 2020-2021
We were lucky enough to do our latest winter tire tests in February 2020 just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit North America and put car makers and dealers on lockdown. With compact SUVs being the most popular vehicles on the market, we used a Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V as …
NewsTire Pollution is a Problem, Here’s One Solution
The electrification of cars and trucks is already well underway, contributing to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and improvement in air quality. But Mother Nature advocates won’t stop after the combustion engine is gone. Pollution from tires is a big deal, too , and another reason why many …
RecallsOver 20 Makes Affected by Continental-made Tires That May Explode
Continental Tire has issued a recall covering approximately 100,000 Continental, General and Barum tires in North America due to a manufacturing defect that could cause a blowout. Nearly two dozen vehicle brands are affected including Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Fiat, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, …