It has long been common to call cars the kind of public transport that pollutes the atmosphere of our planet. Therefore, the transition to an electric vehicle is justified not only from the economic, but also from the ecological point of view. However, Goodyear has gone further and wants to make machines useful to the environment. For this purpose, tires have been developed that can produce oxygen.
The new tires are called Oxygene and, according to the New Atlas edition, the conceptual product has a special structure, so that live moss could be placed under their rubber. According to representatives of Googyear, such tires will be able to absorb carbon dioxide and moisture from the air to feed the moss inside the tire. In return, moss will produce pure oxygen. Googyear assumes that a fleet of 2.5 million vehicles with Oxygene tires installed will generate about 3,000 tons of oxygen per year and absorb about 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
But that's not all! New tires use the energy they receive to partially power the car's electronics. Namely, a number of sensors like parking sensors and a data processing unit. The tire projector will be manufactured using 3D printing from rubber powder obtained from recycled tires, and the Oxygene tires themselves will use the Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) technology to communicate with other cars and smart road devices infrastructure.