The Goodyear Eagle 360 Urban is a 360-degree tyre concept designed for autonomous cars that has artificial intelligence.
The ball-shaped tyre evolves a design first demonstrated at last year’s Geneva motor show (see video below), but the 2017 version adds an internal computer, which can learn over time to contribute information to the car’s digital ‘nervous system’.
Like last year’s Eagle 360, the Urban concept is held beneath a car using magnetic levitation – meaning there is no physical join. It also features sensors that can analyse road conditions, but the addition of artificial intelligence means the tyre can help the car make informed decisions about its route or movements.
The tyre’s outer layer has a special morphing tread that can harden or soften to increase or reduce flexibility, to suit different road conditions. The tyre’s skin can also heal itself in the case of a puncture using bonding technology.