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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

GM collaborated with Michelin develop a puncture-proof tires

The airless tires are considered modern automotive design solutions are constantly being developed and are likely to be used in the vehicle mass productions for the next five years.
A puncture-proof tire prototype called the Unique Puncture-proof Tire System (UPTiS) as collaborated result of Michelin and GM. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Fi6Ufl)
One of the developments was carried out by Michelin, a French tire manufacturer collaborated with one of American automotive giants, General Motors (GM). Both of them developed a special airless tires called the Unique Puncture-proof Tire System (UPTiS) designed by Michelin.

Those collaboration project to study the use of puncture-proof tires that do not need air pressure, including testing in the 'real world', will begin at the end of these year. GM and Michelin will project the introduction of airless tires in GM's passenger vehicles can be done in 2024.
A puncture-proof tire prototype called Michelin UPTiS being tested on the Chevrolet Bolt electric-powered car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Fi6Ufl)
"UPTiS is the ideal match to advance the automotive industry in the future and a great example of how consumers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supply partners," said Steve Kiefer, GM's senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Airless tires design eliminates the general risks of conventional tires such as puncture or deflated. Thanks to that ability, the driver of the vehicle can avoid potential accidents.
Airless tires are designed similar to conventional tires. However, we can understand that these tires do not need air because on the open wall it shows a unique structure as a buffer. The structure has many uses, including dampening shocks.

Another advantage of the airless tires is not wasteful material while to be produced, eliminates the need for spare tires, and lasts longer than conventional tires.
Michelin explained that if the airless tires are used massively, they have the potential to reduce the use of raw materials such as rubber and also cut waste. Mentioned, if it can be done then 20 percent of used tire waste can be reduced. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS]
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