Airless tires are finally coming in 2024: Here’s why you’ll want a set

(c|net) — We have phones that can survive being immersed, watches you can drag over a cheese grater and screens you can fold without breaking, but a common nail can strand your car on the side of the road. Tires need to lose their air, but not that way.

Michelin is one of several tiremakers that have been developing airless tires but they seemed as improbable as GM’s early vision of self-driving cars. Now, however, the two companies are putting a pin in the calendar to have airless tires on the market by 2024.

The first thing you notice about the airless Michelin Uptis, or Unique Puncture-proof Tire System tires is that you can see through them. Glass fiber reinforced plastic vanes support the tread rather than air pressure.

From there, the benefits tumble forth: Nails become minor annoyances and sidewall cuts that usually render a tire unrepairable are no longer possible. There would be no need to check tire inflation (you’ve probably ignored my admonitions to do that anyway) and we’d say goodbye to spare tires, jacks and inflation kits that most drivers view as mysterious objects anyway. Blowouts that cause thousands of crashes a year would be impossible.

Big deal. Nails in an airless tire are virtually meaningless. Michelin
© Provided by CNETBig deal. Nails in an airless tire are virtually meaningless. Michelin

Uptis tires also have a green angle: The promise to scrap 200 million fewer tires worldwide each year by eliminating sidewall cuts and accelerated wear due to improper inflation. This environmental benefit will accrue regardless of which companies crack the code for airless tires.

Airless tires will be an overdue leap forward. Today’s pneumatic ones date back as far as combustion engine cars, and we know which way those are going. Click here to read the source article tires Original Article By: Brian Cooley

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13 thoughts on “Airless tires are finally coming in 2024: Here’s why you’ll want a set”
  1. The airless tires have taken a long time to get into the automotive market because they have been testing and getting the best airless tire they can create. They aren’t going to sell an item that doesn’t work, then get sued. They are also trying to make a revolutionary upgrade from air tires. Since they have looked into the tire a lot they have they would have created archetypes to measure brake safety. The airless tire would be a good investment because you won’t have to change out and check out your tires every 4-6 months. They would also save a-lot of time for people who go in road-trips and need to stop and fill their tires.

  2. I think the airless tires are a great invention, if they could put a sidewall on it, just for visual reasons so it’s not such an eye sore, that’d be great. I’ve seen airless tires on some small mowers, and it seems to work great. Overall this is a great idea and will probably change the automotive industry. Getting the right compounds will be a little difficult as we won’t have air to adjust how the car may feel, basically getting rid of a factor. But most people won’t be worried about these things regardless.

  3. This look like a pretty good invention since now people won’t have to worry about flat tires or getting their tire damaged by passing thought working places. But in the other hand I expect that they really try the new tires before even selling them to anyone in any type of roads or places so people don’t get damaged by a no so thoughtful invention.

  4. Why has it taken so long for airless tires to come to the automotive market? Can existing auto safety systems like ABS and stability control work with Uptis tires? Will these tires be cost effective, or will they be more expensive than current tires on the market?

    It has taken so long for airless tires to come to the automotive market because it takes time to find certain material compounds that can make this idea happen. I do think that existing auto systems can work with these types of tires because they do provide a better extension of safety benefits. I think they are going to be more expensive at the release date just because is something new and out of the ordinary.

  5. It has taken so long for the airless tires to come to the automotive market because the creators took a while to make it and make sure it works and is safe. These tires would probably be more expensive because of the tires being new but air tires would also be expensive because of the amount of air you would need if your tire popped or how much it would cost trying to buy a new air tire.

  6. It has taken long for this happen. most likely because we wouldn’t want a defective product, especially on the road. Tires need to be safe for the road and practiced forbidden no crashes and movements of the car.
    Other companies can collaborate to make something safe.
    I believe these tires should never cost effective. This will show others that there’s no harm in looking to the future.

  7. I think its taken a long time for airless tires to come out since it has been tested to make sure it is the best. For example, they had to make sure all cars can use it like trucks that weigh a lot. I believe these tires may be more expensive since they are airless but it would be worth it since people wouldn’t have to worry about flat tires.

  8. Airless tires seem like a great invention and should of came out sooner . This idea will allow for less inconveniences and most people would be happier to have these . There might have to be a lot of testing due to this new addition because the car wouldnt be able to adjust just like that.

  9. The mayor cause of why this tires have taken so long, its because they have to tased first, because its not safe to have a tired and you don’t know if it is going to work. I think they are going to be expensive but they will be worth it to have a tireless because it would save you time if you like to go on road trips, or you don’t have to worry if the air comes out.

  10. Why has it taken so long for airless tires to come to the automotive market? Can existing auto safety systems like ABS and stability control work with Uptis tires? Will these tires be cost effective, or will they be more expensive than current tires on the market?
    Nails become minor annoyances and sidewall cuts that usually render a tire unrepairable are no longer possible. There would be no need to check tire inflation (you’ve probably ignored my admonitions to do that anyway) and we’d say goodbye to spare tires, jacks and inflation kits that most drivers view as mysterious objects anyway. Blowouts that cause thousands of crashes a year would be impossible.

  11. This Is a good idea because Now tires won’t pop at all. The only thing I’m worried about is how the tires will grip the road because it can lead to accidents. Other than that its a great idea.

  12. I feel like this is a good invention because we don’t have to worry about putting air in our tires or our tires popping, nails going through our tires and more.

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