NEW YORK — Group Michelin's "Vision" airless hybrid wheel/tire design was named one of Time magazine's "25 Best Inventions of 2017," despite its being a concept that's perhaps a decade or more away from reality.
The Vision concept, introduced earlier this year at Michelin's Movin'On summit for sustainable mobility in Montréal, combines four technologies — airless, organic, rechargeable and connected — Michelin said.
In its description of the Vision, Time said: "In the future, our cars will be smart, and our tires will be smarter. Or so suggests Michelin. Its Vision concept — unveiled this year to demonstrate the potential of tire technology — certainly makes a compelling case."
Terry Gettys, global head of research and development for Michelin, said, "The ideas presented in the Vision concept have taken hold among vehicle designers, demonstrating a feasible vision of how the tire can provide essential contributions to sustainable mobility in the future."