Goodyear testing experimental road tire that doesn’t use air

The airless tire may offer sustainable, maintenance-free and longer lasting options, Goodyear said. The company and Local Motors will collect what it calls “experiential data” for viewpoints on ride comfort, noise and more from the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

“As mobility evolves, we feel that tires can transform the way we move and alternative airless architectures are ideal, particularly in the emerging autonomous transportation environment,” Michael Rachita, Goodyear senior program manager, non-pneumatic tires, said in the news release. “This is an important milestone as we look to advance mobility today and as we look to introduce the first completely sustainable and maintenance-free tires by the end of the decade.”