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> posted by   on February 21st 2012
 

Bridgestone’s Air-Free tire

The originally Japanese company Bridgestone is one of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world. During the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011, Bridgestone presented its new concept, reflecting the company’s commitment to a better environment. The new concept is a non-pneumatic (i.e. airless) tyre that due to a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of the tyre, supports the weight of the vehicle. There is no need to periodically refill the tyres with air, which means that the tyres require less maintenance. Also, non-pneumatic tyres have less impact on the environment than today’s conventional ones. Previously such concept tyres have been impractical to produce for the mass market. Bridgestone developed this technology with the aim of practical implementation.

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