Airless tires: could punctures soon be a thing of the past?

  • By Russell Hotten
  • Business reporter, BBC News

Photo credit, Getty Images

It is still common to see a car with an almost flat tire or to have to change a wheel on the side of the road.

The same goes for the expense of replacing prematurely worn tires, perhaps because the driver didn’t check the pressure as regularly as he should have.

Sometimes it’s hard not to think that tires are a car’s weakest link. But is that about to change?

On a test track in Luxembourg, a Tesla Model 3 takes sharp turns, accelerates quickly and makes emergency stops. Normal performance. What’s remarkable, however, is that the car sits on four airless tires – made by Goodyear, the American manufacturer.

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