Is there a worse feeling than a flat tyre? That sinking feeling, both literally and mentally, you get when you realise it is as flat as a pancake. But it could be a thing of the past thanks to Michelin and GM as they are working on an airless tyre.
It is called The Unique Puncture-proof Tire System, or Uptis, and has been in the works since 2005 and will hopefully hit the roads by 2024.
Although they are still in development, the tyres will have a significant impact on drivers, cars and the environment when they do roll off the production line. Punctures and blow-outs would become a thing of the past which will mean safer cars and safer roads.
Michelin reported that 200 million tyres are replaced every year. Airless tyres would drastically decrease this number for the main fact that they need no maintenance at all.
Made from resin-embedded fibreglass and an aluminium wheel, they are made to be more sustainable than traditional tyres, impacting the environment as well as car owners.
In the past, developments with the airless tyres have been limited to how much weight they could bare and the speed they could travel at. However, Michelin and GM are now breaking through those limitations in developing tyres that can hold the weight of the car at road travelling speeds.
We think airless tyres would be a great way to make cars safer and improve the lifecycle of vehicles. It will be exciting to see the developments over the next five years and to witness the tyres in action. In the meantime, it is important to stay on top of your tyre maintenance, whether that be checking your tyre treads or avoiding over-inflation.
If you are looking for repairs, service or an MOT, get in touch with the team at MotorServ-UK, Solihull who will be able to help.