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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:55 AM

Michelin unveils new 'puncture-proof' airless tire
By: WSPA Staff
Posted: Jun 05, 2019 09:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 06, 2019 01:05 PM EDT

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) - Michelin and General Motors are working on a new wheel technology that will make flat tires a thing of the past.

The new Uptis Prototype ("Unique Puncture-proof Tire System") would help save 200 million tires from being scrapped every year, according to Michelin.

Those tires are thrown out due to punctures, damage from roads, and improper air pressure causing uneven wear.

The company developed the new tire at the company's research campus in Greenville.

The tire company is working with General Motors to test the prototype in vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt.

The two companies will be doing real-world testing of the new wheel in a test fleet of Bolt vehicles in Michigan later this year.

https://media.wspa.com/nxs-wspatv-media-us-east-1/photo/2019/06/05/Michelin%20tire%20prototype%20WEB%20CROP_1559785108401.jpg_90919426_ver1.0_640_360.jpg


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:00 AM

That's innovation! Oh and look, no government mandate required, just responsibility from the company to make a good product that can last. Good on them!
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:10 AM

I got one on a wheelbarrow.

But it's a "Marathon" not a "Michelin".

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:13 AM

Should work good in heavy snow. NYS won't like it, they get 7 bucks per tire to get rid of them.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:18 AM

This used to be called a "tweel" for tire/wheel combo. It pops up every few years in the media, but never seems to progress beyond that.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:48 AM

I recall the last time these tires were presented, the per tire price was ridiculous and there were some performance issues

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:50 AM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 07 June 2019 - 09:00 AM, said:

That's innovation! Oh and look, no government mandate required, just responsibility from the company to make a good product that can last. Good on them!


I'm sure the left's Karl Marx Central Planning Department was just about to do the same thing...
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 11:37 AM

Just one of the very cool reasons to live in Michigan, I get to see prototype vehicles, and things, all the time.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:01 PM

View PostUSMCforever60, on 07 June 2019 - 09:48 AM, said:

I recall the last time these tires were presented, the per tire price was ridiculous and there were some performance issues


Yeah, I'd be seriously concerned about both price and performance issues. No way I'd be first in line to buy these. But if, after several years, millions of others had been using them without any performance loss, and the price was no higher than standard tires, I'd give 'em a shot.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:05 PM

There's nothing "new" about that design, it's been around for a long time.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:11 PM

View Poststick, on 07 June 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

There's nothing "new" about that design, it's been around for a long time.


In general production?

B)
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:32 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 07 June 2019 - 12:11 PM, said:

In general production?

B)


I've seen the design itself before but not sure if there's been enough interest to justify full production until recently. I think some smaller applications like bicycles have a design similar to this.

https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--K8oZld7X--/c_scale,f_auto,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/kpxp5u9rckvbjg02dpak.jpg

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:33 PM

View Poststick, on 07 June 2019 - 12:05 PM, said:

There's nothing "new" about that design, it's been around for a long time.


Design is one thing; implementation is another. . .
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:49 PM

View PostSeverian, on 07 June 2019 - 09:18 AM, said:

This used to be called a "tweel" for tire/wheel combo. It pops up every few years in the media, but never seems to progress beyond that.


Sounds like the Moller Skycar that pops up in the media every few years.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/Moller_Skycar_M400.jpg
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:57 PM

View Poststick, on 07 June 2019 - 12:32 PM, said:

I've seen the design itself before but not sure if there's been enough interest to justify full production until recently. I think some smaller applications like bicycles have a design similar to this.

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Thanks. I'd never seen or heard of anything like that before.

B)
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 01:03 PM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 07 June 2019 - 08:55 AM, said:

Michelin unveils new 'puncture-proof' airless tire


Very Cool IMO: We should see them in 3 to 5 years. :biglaugh:
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:50 PM

I read somewhere that if they add some silicone to the rubber formula that the tires will last about 5 times as long, too.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:07 PM

View PostASE, on 07 June 2019 - 02:50 PM, said:

I read somewhere that if they add some silicone to the rubber formula that the tires will last about 5 times as long, too.

Which probably why you not see these in full production. Canít have people not needing tires for that long.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:09 PM

View PostSeverian, on 07 June 2019 - 09:18 AM, said:

This used to be called a "tweel" for tire/wheel combo. It pops up every few years in the media, but never seems to progress beyond that.


Not if it is marketed as a "tweel". The word alone implies that the British won the American Revolution.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:40 PM

View Postmjperry51, on 07 June 2019 - 12:33 PM, said:

Design is one thing; implementation is another. . .


Yep. Chose my words carefully, the design has been around for a while, practical application and production are still in development as we say in the bidness...

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