Goodyear creates self-inflating tire

Beat that, run-flat tires!
Aug 20, 2011

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Goodyear creates self-inflating tireGoodyear is reportedly developing a self-inflating tire, which means even those who don't use expensive run-flat tires can have the peace of mind.

According to WardsAuto.com, Goodyear has dubbed the system as Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) and it works by incorporating a miniaturized pump within the tire to keep in inflated to its proper pressure at all times.

"While the technology is complex, the idea behind the AMT system is relatively simple and powered by the tire, itself, as it rolls down the road," Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear senior vice president and chief technical officer reportedly said in a statement.

Although the tire manufacturer didn't disclose when it will offer the self-inflating tire available in the market, it did say that its launch timetable will be faster than it initially expected as a result of recent government research grants it has received from the United States and the European Union.

The US Department of Energy's Office of Vehicle Technology recently awarded a $1.5-million grant for the research, development and demonstration of the AMT system for commercial truck tires.

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