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Published on March 19th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company launches 3D printed AI tire

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company will be manufacturing tires for self-driving cars under the label Eagle 360 Urban. This tire was recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

The Eagle 360 Urban is a 3D printed spherical tire powered with artificial intelligence. The AI-powered tire has the power to judge its environmental conditions and make decisions based on its findings. Jean-Claude Kihn, the president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East, and Africa said that we are at an intersection point of mobility, connectivity, and autonomy. As the technology will advance further, an AI tire for autonomous vehicles will be the need of the day. With the AI technology, these vehicles will navigate safely through the dangerous driving scenarios. The company showcased the 3D printed tire in a four-minute animated video. The video shows how the tire is crafted with robotic mechanisms and then how it functions on the road.

This concept tire can adapt to its environment and communicate with its passengers. The AI tire can transform its structure as per the weather conditions; its ionic skin develops dimples when it’s raining and restores back to its original shape when normal conditions resume. The Eagle 360 Urban has the capacity to repair itself in the case of minor damages to its surface. Additionally, the tire offers motion and fluid transport on the road by moving in any direction, to reduce instances of accidents and move seamlessly on the roads.

In case the tire suffers major damages, it can easily drive itself to the service station, where using magnetic levitation, the tires can be replaced in a convenient manner. In a crux, the Eagle 360 Urban performs functions like:

1. Analyze the road conditions and take actions accordingly
2. Process all the information it grasps through algorithms and decides the next course of action.
3. Transform its morphed surface structure as per the physical conditions and restore its original shape when conditions become normal.
4. Interact with other vehicles using the concept of Internet of things.

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