|The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Air Maintenance Technology has been named one of Time magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year 2012.”|
Each year Time magazine’s technology editors list the year’s “most important innovations.” This year’s list includes 25 inventions, which in addition to Goodyear’s Air Maintenance Technology, includes NASA’s Z-1 space suit, the Tesla Model S electric car and indoor clouds.
Goodyear’s Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) will help ensure the optimum tyre pressure is maintained and as a result, could mean substantial savings at the fuel pump. All of its components, including the miniaturized pump, will be fully contained within the tyre.
“As soon as the pressure in these Goodyear tyres gets too low, they know it,” the Time editors wrote about Goodyear’s AMT. “An internal pressure regulator opens to allow air to flow into a pumping tube, and as the wheel turns, the flattened part helps squeeze air from the tube through an inlet valve into the tyre.”
“We are honored to be named as one of Time magazine’s ‘Best Inventions of the Year 2012! This award recognizes the outstanding work of our engineers in Akron and Luxembourg, as well as our efforts to bring innovative new products to market,” Goodyear’s Chief Technical Officer Jean-Claude Kihn commented.
He added, “A tyre that can maintain its own inflation is something drivers have wanted for many years. This is the kind of technological breakthrough that people will recognize.”
Goodyear’s Air Maintenance Technology is currently under development by Goodyear in Akron and Luxembourg and is not yet available for purchase.