Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Michelin's new see through tyres.

It seems so obvious, doesn't it? The pneumatic tyre was invented to give a cushioned ride, a huge and necessary improvement over iron-hooped wheels, or solid rubber. And yet you wonder why Michelin's 'new' idea wasn't the first that occurred, the spoked technology reminiscent of the cartwheel itself.


                                                                              



These aireless tyres are apparently scheduled to be out on the market some time in April.
The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will not work on them. But think of the impact on existing technology:
* no more air valves...
* no more air compressors at gas stations...
* no more repair kits...
* no more flats...


The visual effect is really quite strange.



The pictures were taken Michelin's South Carolina plant.

2 comments:

Jennifer Morian Frye said...

Those are pretty cool, and who likes spending money on air at gas stations (here it is usually $.75....for air, IF the station even has a compressor)? A few do still offer free air. What a concept.

Steve Augarde said...

Yes. You do wonder whether the 'spoked' technology might have some hidden danger aspects - perhaps more likely to flick up stones or something like that. But on the face of it, a neat and logical idea.