Dunlop has recently developed a tire named Uptis. It doesn’t need to be inflated and will hopefully be launched by 2024. Bridgestone, the biggest tire maker in Japan, is also working on its own airless tires.
A rubber plant takes seven or more years to produce the needed raw material to create a tire. The biggest problem is how to recycle the by-product. Each year, 200 million tires are thrown away. However, the largest manufacturers in the industry have been working on replacing most of the rubber and creating eco-friendly tires.
Goodyear is working on suspending tires from the vehicle with the help of magnetic fields. The tire will be made with bionic skin, which is as flexible as the human skin. As a result, the tire will contract and expand the same way [your skin does] as the muscles in your body move. The tire will reshape itself, providing you a smooth [ride] in any conditions.