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What people witnessed at the Geneva Motor Show this year was breathtaking. But one thing stands out of all of the new concepts and ideas car companies offered and presented. This idea is groundbreaking and normal an regular drivers can shape the future of our planet just by driving their car.
This concept is called “Oxygene“, and this year it won the prize for the most surprising idea on display at this year's event.
How does it work?
The general idea is that tire is filled with moss that can absorb water or rain or anything fluid that can feed the moss so the moss can create better air quality buy absorbing the carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Pretty neat right?
The tire also has the ability to harness the energy during photosynthesis. This energy can power some of the sensors, light and AI system in the car and change colors when the vehicle is turning to notify the pedestrians or other drivers. Of course, let's not forget that these tires are created from used old recycled tires and by using the 3D printed structure.
In an interview for a TV-show called “SAT”, Chris Delaney, president of Goodyear's Europe, Middle East and Africa markets said:
Interviewer: When we speak about the future which is “next day”, every year Goodyear shows an interesting concept and interesting idea for the future which might not be too realistic, but this one here called “Oxygene”, you say it is realistic. How come that something so unusual can be in a car? What is this?
Chris Delaney: This is where we give our designers the license to challenge us about looking at the trends and push the boundaries. It's 3D printed, it communicates with the car, and it also produces electricity.
Interviewer: How does it produce electricity?
Chris Delaney: Because the moss, during the photosynthesis process actually creates an electrical charge.
Interviewer: It is a biomechanical system…
Chris Delaney: That's true.
Interviewer: Do you believe that someday we will breed and grow our own tires with this?
Chris Delaney: I do believe that the concept of photosynthesis and helping the tire clean environment is a very real idea.
If we take a city like Paris that has more than 2 million vehicles on the road at any time, and install these tires to every car, just by driving they would create more than 3,500 tons of oxygen and soak more than 4,500 tons of CO2 per year.
Talking about the new and clean environment? This is the real deal!