The American tire manufacturer Goodyear presented this Friday in Bogota the new Eagle 360 Urban, a prototype tire in the shape of a sphere, printed in 3D and produced with artificial intelligence.
The Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban is equipped with a bionic skin and a network of sensors that allow you to check your own status and gather information about your environment such as road conditions, traffic and mobility management systems.
“By combining these information sources and processing them instantaneously using neural networks trained with deep learning algorithms, the Eagle 360 Urban decides the most appropriate procedure. And, activated by artificial intelligence, the prototype also learns how to optimize its future responses based on its previous actions, “says Goodyear.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Goodyear’s invention is that it can interact with other vehicles in some way, by sharing the information it has collected and the lessons learned along the way thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Another of the outstanding characteristics of this invention is when the bionic skin of the rim suffers some damage, the sensors of the band can locate the puncture to self-repair.
Goodyear says that the self-healing process works thanks to materials specifically designed to flow into the area of the puncture.
“These react chemically and physically between them to form new molecular bonds, causing the hole to close,” the US company highlights.
“When autonomy, mobility and connectivity are joined, a revolution will take place. As it occurs, tire technology will be even more important than it is today, “said Goodyear President Europe, Middle East and Africa, Jean-Claude Kihn.
The manager explains that to navigate safely through their environments, the autonomous vehicles of the future will have to “learn to deal with the millions of possible contingencies that we face every day when we drive”.
“To achieve this, they will have to have access to data and the ability to learn and adapt,” added Jean-Claude Kihn.
The manufacturer says that the tire, presented at the International Motor Show in Geneva, will become part of the “nervous system” of the vehicle.
With 100 years of operations in the region, Goodyear is today one of the most recognized companies in the tire industry in Latin America. This company opened its first sales office in 1915 and its first manufacturing plant in 1938.
At present, it employs around 6,000 people and manufactures its products in seven facilities in five countries of the region. It has one of the most efficient and important distribution networks in Latin America.
In Colombia, the brand has been in existence for 73 years and is currently the only tire company with a production factory in Colombia, located in Yumbo (Valle del Cauca).