Simply Putting Fins On Tires Could Improve a Vehicle's Fuel Efficiency

Slapping a giant fin on the back of your hand-me-down Corolla isn’t going to make it go any faster. But researchers at Yokohama have found that adding a series of angled fins to a tire can actually help improve a vehicle’s aerodynamics, which in turn means better fuel efficiency and fewer stops at the pumps. »10/15/15 10:30am10/15/15 10:30am


Snow Tires With Studs That Retract At the Push of a Button

Studded tires are probably the best way to avoid sliding all over the place on slippery, icy roads. But when that layer of snow and ice is gone, they're not particularly friendly to bare asphalt. Nokian Tyres, though, has developed this concept tire with studs that extend and retract with the push of a button on your… »2/17/14 12:40pm2/17/14 12:40pm

A Double Chamber Bike Tire Helps Prevent Flats When You Ride Off-Road

Those big chunky tires used on mountain bikes don't just help plow through rough terrain and absorb shocks. When under-inflated, they also have a much larger footprint for extra grip on uneven surfaces—but there's a tradeoff. When an impact compresses the inner tube too far it can cause what's known as snake bite… »2/11/14 6:00pm2/11/14 6:00pm

Bridgestone's Futuristic Airless-Tires Are Almost Ready For Your Car

Bridgestone continues to taunt us with its wonderful airless tires that promise enhanced durability, minimal maintenance, and the ability to never go flat. Previously, the tiremaker was only demonstrating smaller versions of the wheel designed for golf carts and the like, but at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show it's finally… »11/22/13 9:40am11/22/13 9:40am

The First Airless-Tire Vehicle You Can Own Is a Wicked ATV

Airless—or non-pneumatic tires—have popped up from time to time over the past few years, and while they offer many advantages over traditional air-filled tires, they haven't been available outside of research labs—until now. Polaris is officially the first company to offer a vehicle with non-pneumatic tires on its… »11/18/13 8:42am11/18/13 8:42am

A Shock-Absorbing Airless Tire That Will Never Go Flat

Inspired by Bridgestone's puncture-proof tires, and Michelin's Tweel, Hankook has decided that it wants to get into the next-generation tire market with its own i-Flex. Like the previous creations from its competitors, Hankook's tire trades an air-filled bladder that's prone to leaks and punctures for an engineered… »9/10/13 8:50am9/10/13 8:50am

Intelligent Tires Will Automatically Weigh Your Vehicle So You Never Overpack Again

Continental already sells tires packed with monitors that keep tabs on air pressure, automatically letting you know when it gets too low. But the company is planning to expand that technology with improved tire sensors that will actually be able to calculate and report the current load weight of your vehicle so you… »3/04/13 11:04am3/04/13 11:04am

Brilliant Auto-Inflating Tires Pump Themselves Up As They Roll

There's a long list of reasons why you should keep your vehicle's tires properly inflated—from better mileage to safer handling. Goodyear has made this motorist's chore extra easy with its new Air Maintenance Technology system, which automatically keeps a tire at the proper PSI using a self-contained passive pump. »9/21/12 9:40am9/21/12 9:40am