New Goodyear tyres offer first-ever self-inflating compounds

9th March 2012

Goodyear Dunlop has unveiled its most unique compounds yet – a set of tyres that inflate themselves automatically and could mark an end to under-inflated compounds.

The tyre manufacturer unveiled these unique compound designs at the prestigious Geneva Motor Show, in a move that could change motoring habits forever.

Goodyear Dunlop has been developing the new tyres since back in 2009 and are aiming to bring them onto the retail market by 2020 at the latest.

These new designs feature a fine tube in the tyre wall that sucks in air through a tiny filter when the wheel turns. This tube is then connected to a valve within the tyre which releases the correct amount of air, as required.

The invention could have far-reaching effects for visits to MOT test centres, with compounds proving safer and resulting in a reduction in the amount of new tyres purchased by drivers.

Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear's senior vice president and chief technical officer, said: “We believe this technology will enhance safe driving and performance; and have a positive impact on the environment through improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and extended tyre life. "

Posted by Danielle Barge