Within the new mobility space, ideas and innovations are emerging. And as the automotive and tire industries look to understand exactly what the new technologies mean for the future of their products, they're leveraging every advantage.
For that, Bridgestone plans to go airless.
In August, the tire maker shared some of its nonpneumatic tire development strides with Rubber News, noting that it has intensified its focus on developing an airless commercial tire. And so far, so good, according to Bridgestone.
The tire maker hopes to begin trials of its maintenance-free nonpneumatic tire solution with fleets this year.
Speaking of maintenance-free, Bridgestone unveiled another breakthrough in 2022, pointing to a partnership with Dow that expanded the company's B-Seal products and is likely to strengthen its run-flat tire offerings.
The development, a silicone tire liner, not only allows for tires to heal from many punctures, it's also more sustainable, allowing for tires to be more easily recycled.
And Bridgestone continues to invest in technologies and companies that are driving the conversation around electric, autonomous, shared and connected vehicles. Among those in 2022 were investments in a trio of up-and-coming automotive technology companies—May Mobility, Yoshi and Tyrata.