Is it a tyre? Is it a propeller? Actually it’s both. The intriguing Goodyear AERO concept is a two-in-one tyre designed for the autonomous, flying cars of the future. This concept would work both as a tyre for driving on the road and a “propeller” for flying through the sky. “For over 120 years Goodyear has obsessively pursued innovations and inventions, partnering with the pioneers driving change and discovery in transport,” said Chris Helsel, chief technology officer at Goodyear. “With mobility companies looking to the sky for the answer to the challenges of urban transport and congestion, our work on advanced tyre architectures and materials led us to imagine a wheel that could serve both as a traditional tyre on the road and as a propulsion system in the sky.” The AERO concept includes a number of innovative features, starting with its multimodal tilt-rotor concept which would serve as a drive train to transfer and absorb forces to and from the road in a traditional orientation ...

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