When I first saw the headline I figured the airless tire would be a solid rubber, ultra-low-profile affair. Instead Michelin says the project that will see results in about ten years is looking at different compounds other than natural rubber and will actually be more elastic. This new idea will allow for better shock absorption on bumpy roads and Michelin even says these tires will handle better than the conventional air-filled ones we're driving on today. One reason for the airless tire would be to supply burgeoning markets, like China, that don't have as much paved infrastructure with a product that will still deliver a comfortable driving experience.
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