Goodyear introduced new tire technology at the Geneva International Motor Show called Air Maintenance Technology (AMT). The large tire company says that AMT will keep tire’s air at an optimum pressure without pumps, electronics, or any assistance from drivers.
Under inflated tires can increase fuel costs by 2.5 to 3.3% according to industry research, so Goodyear’s AMT could provide another tool to help with constantly increasing gas prices. Additionally, AMT will promote how vehicle’s handle as air pressure is critical in ensuring a tire has optimal tread touching the road.
Goodyear states that the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $1.5 million to be used towards AMT technology for commercial truck tires. The research and development of this technology will be conducted at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio. The tire company also received a grant from the government of Luxemburg to develop AMT for consumer tires which will be developed at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.
Goodyear said that last year the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technology awarded a $1.5 million grant for research, development, and demonstration of the AMT system for commercial truck tire to be conducted at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio. Goodyear also successfully received a grant from the Luxembourg government for research and development of an AMT system for consumer tires. That work has been conducted at Goodyear’s Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.
It’s too early to tell when AMT will be rolled out for widespread use, but Goodyear is well on its’ way to greatly improving tires.