Tyre maker Goodyear has unveiled what it believes is the car tyre of the future, essentially a large rubber ball.
Goodyear has chosen the Geneva Motor Show to showcase the concept, which it calls the Eagle-360.
The company used principles of biomimicry, where technology emulates nature, in the development of the tyre which was also designed with autonomous vehicles in mind.
The spherical tyres allow for movement in virtually any direction without the car having to change its lateral position, and are also more space effective in compact parking spaces.
By steadily reducing the driver interaction and intervention in self-driving vehicles, tyres will play an even more important role as the primary link to the road,” said Joseph Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer.
“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.”