DETROIT, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Michelin showcased a potential future for mobility, an
integrated tire and wheel combination missing one ingredient that is vital for traditional tire performance ... air. The company unveiled the first
real- world fitments for its revolutionary "Tweel" -- which operates entirely without air.
"Major revolutions in mobility may come along only once in a hundred years," said Terry Gettys, president of Michelin Americas Research and
Development Center in Greenville, S.C. "But a new century has dawned and Tweel has proven its potential to transform mobility. Tweel enables us to
reach levels of performance that quite simply aren't possible with today's conventional pneumatic technology."
Nice find, it seems like a really simple and effective idea, it's one of those "Oh yeah, why didn't I think of that?" things. Can't wait to see
it on the streets, although reading the article stating the military want it first it'll probably end up incorporated into some black project and
never seen again heh.
This reminds me of the design used on the moon buggies. I dont see how it would be feasable to have air-filled tires in a vacuum! They would
EXPLODE! It seems to use a simmilar technology, the springy plastic spokes while the rover used a springy metal mesh. I wonder if this is where they
got the idea.
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