Goodyear's Eagle-360 and the Intelligrip: The Future of Tires for Autonomous Vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 10, 2016

Founded in 1898 in Akron, Ohio, the American multinational tire manufacturing company Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been one of the world’s largest tire companies. Employing over 66,000 people and owning 49 facilities in 22 countries, this world class tire company has nurtured its image as the producer of the best quality tires.

On March 1, 2016, at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company revealed two innovative and futuristic tire concepts that will change the way we view tires today. It is specifically made for autonomous cars or vehicles that are capable of sensing and navigating with minimum human contact or interaction.

Goodyear Eagle-360

The first concept is the Goodyear Eagle-360. This spherical-shaped future-oriented primarily features maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry for autonomous mobility. The spherical shape and multi-dimensional orientation of the Eagle-360 allow the car to achieve mobility without restrictions especially with space limitations related to traffic and parking space.

Moreover, it also allows movement in all directions thus contributing to safety for the passengers. The Eagle-360 is also embedded with sensors that communicate with the vehicle to assess road and weather conditions as well as nearby cars increasing safety for the passengers.

It also possesses a tread and tire pressure monitoring technology that regulates the wear and tear of this spherical tire to extend mileage. What makes the Eagle-360 ahead of its time is that it will completely rely on a magnetic levitation system suspending the car and making road trips a very smooth and quiet ride. Cool, isn’t it?

And it’s not just that. The design of its 3D printed treads was based on the behaviour and structure of the brain coral. When the vehicle is subjected to dry conditions, the Eagle-360 will soften. On the other hand, it will soften when subjected to a wet environment. It behaves like a sponge as it assesses and adjusts with the environmental conditions thus increasing aquaplaning resistance and offering excellent driving performance.

Goodyear Intelligrip

Next up on Goodyear’s sleeves is the Goodyear Intelligrip. Like the Eagle-360, the Intelligrip also focuses on safety but its key features are its advanced sensor and treadwear technology. It is designed to communicate with the car’s control systems to be able to sense road and weather conditions for improved efficiency and safety.

With the help of the advance sensor technology and specially designed tread, the Intelligrip will be able to sense road conditions as well as weather conditions. Tire and vehicle conditions can be assessed with the use of the advanced active wear technology present in the Intelligrip.

Custom algorithms are also developed to monitor inflation pressure and tire temperature. As the Intelligrip senses a change in the road or weather conditions, it automatically adapts its speed making it safer especially during the wet seasons.

It is also developed to “shorten stopping distance, provide a better cornering response, optimize stability and support collision prevention systems”. Amazing features in a tire, right? Goodyear has also tapped vehicle manufacturers to adapt to this technology to enhance connectivity.

Features such as the Electronic Stability Control Systems, Brake Control Systems and Suspension Control Systems are being developed alongside the Intelligrip concept tire.

According to Joseph Zekoski, senior vice president and chief technical officer for Goodyear, tires play a very important role as it is the primary link of autonomous cars to the road since there is already minimal driver interaction and intervention.

The Eagle-360 and Intelligrip were developed around the primary concern among consumers which is safety; how safe can these self-navigating vehicles be? And who would have ever thought that a tire can do so much to keep us from accidents during our road trips, right? Picture people in the near future enjoying road trips with a little less interaction with our vehicles and with more time to enjoy the trip and the beauty that this world has to offer.

Press Release


The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has revealed two innovative new concept tires at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show that could literally reshape the future for autonomous cars.

The concepts: the spherical-shaped Eagle-360 - a future-oriented tire - was designed with key features of maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry for autonomous mobility, while the IntelliGrip, featuring advanced sensor and treadwear technology, is a solution for the earlier adoption of self-driving vehicles.

Both tires are designed with safety in mind, which according to recent studies, is a key concern among consumers around autonomous vehicles. They reflect Goodyear’s focus on anticipating the rapidly evolving needs of its customers.

“By steadily reducing the driver interaction and intervention in self-driving vehicles, tires will play an even more important role as the primary link to the road,” said Joseph Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer. “Goodyear’s concept tires play a dual role in that future both as creative platforms to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and testbeds for next-generation technologies.”

Additional details on the two concept tires:

Goodyear Eagle-360

The Goodyear Eagle-360 is a spherical-shaped design concept tire that would provide self-driving cars ultimate maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry to increase safety.

Maneuverability: The multi-orientation of the spherical-shaped tire allows the car to move in all directions, contributing to safety for passengers, as well as coping with space limitations such as tight parking lots or city streets.
Connectivity: Embedded sensors further increase safety by communicating road and weather conditions to the vehicle control system and other nearby cars, while tread and tire pressure monitoring technology regulate even wear of the 360-degree tire to extend mileage.
Connected via magnetic levitation: The tires would rely on a magnetic levitation system to suspend the car resulting in a smooth, quiet ride for the passenger.
Biomimicry: Inspired by nature, the 3D printed tread mimics the pattern of brain coral and behaves like a natural sponge – designed to stiffen in dry conditions and soften when wet to deliver excellent driving performance and aquaplaning resistance.

Goodyear IntelliGrip

The Goodyear IntelliGrip concept tire is designed to communicate with autonomous vehicle control systems, sensing road surface and weather conditions for improved driving safety and performance.

Senses road conditions: Thanks to its advanced sensor technology and specially designed tread, the concept tire can sense many road conditions, including both surface and weather conditions.
Active-wear technology: The IntelliGrip also uses advanced active wear technology to assess the condition of the tire and the vehicle.
Custom algorithms: Goodyear-developed algorithms account for variables such as inflation pressure and tire temperature.
Adapting to road conditions: When the tire senses a rainy or slippery road surface, the autonomous vehicle will adapt its speed. Additionally, the tire can shorten the stopping distance, provide a better cornering response, optimize stability and even support collision prevention systems.
Technology adaption: Goodyear is working with a number of vehicle manufacturers to further adapt this technology to their needs, enhancing connectivity with features such as Electronic Stability Control Systems, Brake Control Systems and Suspension Control Systems.

Although these tires are future concepts, Zekoski says they represent an essential aspect of Goodyear’s innovation strategy and its vision for smart and safe mobility.

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

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