Ever get a flat tire, right before an important meeting? Do you have the proper tools to change a tire? Do you even know how to change a flat tire?  These questions will soon be irrelevant as a company known as Bridgestone is hoping to revolutionize the car tire game. Bridgestone wants to make the sight of drivers changing tires on the shoulders of highways a thing of the past. They’re developing airless tires which are as eco-friendly as they are useful.

 

These tires can even lower your gas usage

Airless tires mean you’ll no longer need to carry around spare tires, freeing up car space while also lowering gas usage from having to tow around that extra weight.

How do these tires maximize profit?

Having leak proof tires can save tons of money for farmers and other occupations that rely heavily on powerhouse vehicles. For example, when a tractor gets a flat tire it results in large amounts of produce being unpicked, resulting in orders being backed up, and in a worst-case scenario, the produce itself can go bad from being left unpicked. With airless tires, this concern becomes obsolete. Similar occupations that can greatly benefit from these tires are truck drivers, miners, and construction workers.

How are they eco-friendly?

One of the biggest manufacturing perks comes from their use of recycled material. Bridgestone minimizes energy loss by redesigning the structure of a standard car tire. Moreover, their tires contribute to the reduction of C02 emissions. Even their material is recyclable and never has to be thrown in the garbage. Their mission statement is to create a “cradle-to-cradle” system in which tires are made from recycled material and once worn out they use the same material to create new tires.

Where can I get these tires?

Bridgestone designed these tires with a unique spoke structure that mimics the same experience as driving with air-filled tires. However, their design is still in the works as there are some bugs that need to be worked out. One of the biggest issues is how to equally distribute weight along the wheel and the less complex issue of preventing debris from getting tangled inside the inner part of the wheel. Although the idea isn’t market ready, consumers have expressed interested and are hopeful for the near future.