automotive
Your Car’s Tires Could Soon Know When Roads Are Wet and Slippery Before You Do

Some road hazards are easy for drivers to spot and avoid, like a cavernous pothole, but others aren’t so easy to see. A wet road, or one covered in ice, can often be invisible to drivers, who don’t realise they need to slow down. But it turns out a car’s rubber tires provide all the clues necessary for a vehicle to automatically know when conditions get slippery. Read More >>

design
Bridgestone’s Airless Tires Will Soon Let Cyclists Abandon Their Bike Pumps

First revealed way back in 2011, Bridgestone’s airless tires use a series of rigid plastic resin spokes to help a wheel keep its shape as it rolls, instead of an inflatable inner tube that can puncture and leak. Military vehicles and ATVs have been some of the first vehicles to adopt the unorthodox design, but Bridgestone will soon be making a version of its airless tires for use on bicycles. Read More >>

cars
Magical Wheels Let This Car Roll in Any Direction

We’ve seen omnidirectional wheels installed on forklifts that have to deftly manoeuvre around crowded warehouses, but William Liddiard has invented a set that allow his Toyota Echo to move in any direction, spin 360-degrees, and slide into a parking spot making parallel parking easier than actual driving. Read More >>

bicycles
Graphene-Infused Bike Tyres Automatically Get Softer While Cornering for Better Grip

Graphene, that atomic-scale super material that promises to revolutionise everything from batteries to robots, is already improving the cycling world. Vittoria’s new graphene-infused Mezcal and Morsa bike tyres are lightweight, thin, grippy, and everything a cyclist wants in a tyre without any tradeoffs. Read More >>

research
Simple Fins on Tyres Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

Slapping a giant fin on the back of your hand-me-down Corolla isn’t going to make it go any faster. But researchers at Yokohama have found that adding a series of angled fins to a tyre can actually help improve a vehicle’s aerodynamics, which in turn means better fuel efficiency and fewer stops at the pumps. Read More >>

design
Goodyear’s Concept Tires Harvest Heat to Power Your Car

In the world of electric cars, efficiency is king — wasted energy is just more miles you can't travel. While regenerative braking is old news, regenerative tires that use heat and vibration to recharge the battery would be something completely new. Read More >>

gadgets
Snow Tyres With Studs That Retract at the Push of a Button

Studded tyres are probably the best way to avoid sliding all over the place on slippery, icy roads. But when that layer of snow and ice is gone, they're not particularly friendly to bare asphalt. Nokian Tyres, though, has developed this concept tyre with studs that extend and retract with the push of a button on your dashboard. Read More >>

design
Printed Tyres Are The Next Generation Of White Walls

Appealing to that small demographic who don't know the line between tasteful and tacky, Bridgestone has developed a new printing technology that lets drivers add custom artwork and patterns to the sides of their tyres. Read More >>

research
Bridgestone’s Airless Tires Look Even Better In Motion

Not only do the curved resin spokes of Bridgestone's new Air-Free tires mean you may never have to change a flat again, they also serve as rolling eye candy, and the sleekest upgrade to tires since white walls. Read More >>

design
When Humble Car Tires Become Delicate Works of Art

When your stable of art projects includes feces and tattooed pigs, using tires as your canvas is no real surprise. Read More >>