Hankook said this project aimed to develop future-oriented concept tires that were capable of performing in extreme driving conditions, the kind of environments that can be caused by climate change due to the global warming.
Students from the University's schools of Design, Engineering and Business teamed up with Hankook Tire to create the latest cutting edge concept tires, the tire manufacturer said, including the Boostrac, Alpike and hyBlade.
The awards will be presented during a ceremony taking place Sept. 25 at the Reddot Design Museum in Singapore.
“We are immensely proud to be recognized by the world's top three design awards including Red Dot and IDEA for two straight years,” said Mr. Seung Hwa Suh, vice chairman and CEO of Hankook Tire.
“Hankook Tire will continue to improve its top-of-the-line technology and design by investing in R&D. We believe that the advances we make will further enhance our competitiveness as a leading tire company.”
The Boostrac has a variable tread block structure that can expand when required, which leads to improved traction. This tire is especially useful on steep inclines, Hankook said, and in rough, desert-like conditions.
The Alpike is designed with unique tire circumference expansion capabilities, raising its ground clearance for areas affected by heavy snow. Finally, the hyBlade is equipped with waterwheel treads and side spikes, which Hankook said allow for efficient water draining and enhance the tire's steering force in heavy rain conditions.