Monday, November 28, 2016

GOODYEAR’S EAGLE-360 CHOSEN AS ONE THE 26 BEST INVENTIONS OF 2016 BY TIME MAGAZINE

Time Magazine has chosen the Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tyre (tire in American English) as one of TIME Magazine's “Best Inventions of the Year 2016.” Of course it is. This tyre is as round as a ball. It isn't a doughnut. It is a sphere. So it definitely is unique and could re-invent the wheel (by not having a wheel in the first place). Wow.


So this year’s list includes 25 inventions, which in addition to Goodyear’s Eagle-360 concept, includes a virtual reality headset, shoes that lace themselves, a solar roof collaboration between Tesla and SolarCity, and the Chevy Bolt electric vehicle is all about game changers. Or future game changers.

The tyre is connected to the car using Magnetic levitation (Maglev) and would need a electronic control unit of its own. As it is MagLev, it would most likely be powered by an electric motor charging up the magnets and drive. So like high speed MagLev trains it could do wonders, like change direction without changing the angle of the car or adjust ride height and other wonderous stuff. 

The tyres can reposition themselves to adjust the rate of wear. Being a sphere and not stuck to anything, it can rotate any way it feels necessary. This tyre is truly amazing.

Take a look at the vid below and see if you agree.


GOODYEAR’S EAGLE-360 CHOSEN AS ONE OF
2016 BEST INVENTIONS BY TIME MAGAZINE
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 November 2016 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Eagle-360 concept tire has been named one of TIME magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year 2016.”

Each year, TIME magazine’s technology editors list the year’s “best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun.” This year’s list includes 25 inventions, which in addition to Goodyear’s Eagle-360 concept, includes a virtual reality headset, shoes that lace themselves, a solar roof collaboration between Tesla and SolarCity, and the Chevy Bolt electric vehicle.

“By steadily reducing the driver interaction and intervention in self-driving vehicles, tires will play an even more important role as the primary link to the road,” said Goodyear’s Chief Technical Officer Joe Zekoski. “Goodyear’s concept tires play a dual role in that future both as creative platforms to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and testbeds for next-generation technologies.”

“Although the Eagle-360 is a future concept, it represents an essential aspect of Goodyear’s innovation strategy and our vision for smart and safe mobility.”

The Goodyear Eagle-360 is a spherical-shaped design concept tire that would provide self-driving cars ultimate maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry to increase safety. An in-depth description of the concept’s technology can be viewed online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSFYwDDVgac.

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