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Goodyear Developing Self-Inflating Tires

Increasing opportunity as automakers drop spares to save weight, space.

by on Aug.15, 2011

Goodyear is working on a self-inflating tire, using a system dubbed Air Maintenance Technology.

While today’s tires last longer than ever, flats and blowouts still occur occasionally, but what might have been a minor inconvenience in the past has become a potentially serious situation since more and more automakers are switching from standard spares to downsized emergency tires – or eliminating spare tires entirely.

But Goodyear is hoping it has a solution that can provide a safety net for motorists – and a big bump to its bottom line.  The tire maker is working on a new concept it calls Air Maintenance Technology that could all but eliminate the need for spare tires on any vehicle.

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The AMT technology uses a miniaturized pump contained within the tire itself to maintain the optimal pressure.  The system would effectively be able to overcome all but a major leak or blow-out.

“This will become the kind of technological breakthrough that people will wonder how they ever lived without,” said Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s Chief Technology Officer.  “A tire that can maintain its own inflation is something drivers have wanted for many years. Goodyear has taken on this challenge and the progress we have made is very encouraging.”


Goodyear “Support our Troops” Racing Tires?

Opportunistic marketing or nice gesture, as Eagle racing tires go red white and blue for the Fourth of July NASCAR weekend?

by on Jul.02, 2010

You can bid on an Eagle in a charity auction, although it will be, er, somewhat used.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company says it will change all Eagle tires for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races over the July 4th holiday weekend to a new design with a “patriotic red, white and blue color scheme,” reading “Support Our Troops” on the tires’ sidewalls.

The exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR’s three major national series claims it is a “thank you” to the service men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

It also launches the Goodyear Support Our Troops program. Goodyear will help jump-start this new fundraising effort with a $20,000 donation to Support Our Troops, a nonprofit nationwide organization that delivers more than $8 million per year in care packs and requested items to the front lines, positive support at home, and kids’ camp assistance.

The Goodyear Support Our Troops program will also provide consumers a variety of ways to show their support for the troops and will encourage everyone to participate in a series of fund-raising initiatives to benefit members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.


Goodyear says Support Our Troops tires will raise awareness for the effort and will also serve as the first step in the fund-raising campaign, as Goodyear will auction some driver-autographed tires used in the July 3rd Coke Zero 400.