Goodyear has announced a concept wheel covering that will convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen, using the power of photosynthesis.
Oxygene tyres will channel moisture from the road to the plants, which absorbs water up to 26 times their own weight.This will be used to keep the vegetation alive, allowing it to clean the air whilst in use - using only the sun as an energy source.The energy produced by the process will power on-board artificial intelligence and electronics, which will communicate with other vehicles at the speed of light.
Goodyear unveiled its eco-friendly concept at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, being held in Switzerland from March 8 to March 18.
The firm, based in Akron, Ohio, claims that in a city the size of Paris, with about 2.5 million vehicles, the tyres would remove more than 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.It would also produce almost 3,000 tonnes of oxygen a year.
Chris Delaney, president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: 'With more than two-thirds of the world population expected to live in cities by 2050, the demands on transport networks in urban environments will increase substantially.
Oxygene harvests the energy generated during photosynthesis to power its embedded electronics. Each Oxygene tyre will produce enough energy to power its built-in AI, sensors and lights.Goodyear say the lights in the tyres will be customisable and will warn other road users of braking or other manoeuvres, such as changing lanes. Oxygene tyres will be able to connect to the Internet of Things, a broad category that refers to devices or sensors that connect, communicate or transmit information over the web.
According to dailymail