Michelin Imagines the Tire of the Future

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Michelin has introduced a concept tire called Vision.

Making its debut at Movin’On 2017, the tire maker says the Vision is airless, connected, rechargeable, customizable, and organic. As both a wheel and tire, the Vision is developed from bio-sourced, biodegradable materials and was created using 3D printing. Michelin claims it’s the world’s first tire that recharges, and through the use of 3D printing, it is possible to use just the right amount of rubber on the tire, extending its life depending on its needs.

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Most interesting is how the tire concept does away with air, relying on its interior architecture to support the vehicle. As a result, the Vision tire can’t explode or blow out. And perhaps sounding more like science-fiction than reality – the connected tire is equipped with sensors that provide real time information about its condition.

Michelin believes Vision is a “realistic dream,” but we wouldn’t expect to see any 3D-printed tires being offered on the market anytime soon.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Jun 20, 2017

    Very cool! I can see airless tires being the future of tires, especially using different materials other than organic rubber ... It will be interesting to see how these new tires are developed and implemented.