COLMAR-BERG, Luxembourg — Goodyear has set a goal of having an airless passenger tire/wheel commercially ready by 2030, company officials signaled at a recent press event at Goodyear's European technical center in Colmar-Berg.
In a review of its development work on airless tire/wheel units, Goodyear said it was aiming for street-ready, Department of Transportation-approved applications for its airless technology while admitting that this goal was still several years away.
The target "is to produce the first 100% sustainable material and maintenance-free tire on the market by 2030," Michael Rachita, Goodyear's senior program manager for non-pneumatic tires, said, during the media event in Colmar-Berg, where a selected few consumer media representatives were given the opportunity to test-drive Teslas equipped with the airless tire/wheel units.
Goodyear has been testing its airless tires globally for the past few years at its proving grounds, while at the same time evaluating the concept in real-world conditions on robo-shuttles and micro-delivery robots.
The former is part of a project with Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) and autonomous vehicle developers Beep Inc. and Local Motors Inc. to transport limited numbers of people around Jacksonville, Fla.