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Airless tire makers hope for breakout moment with autonomous driving

AVs could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tires.

Makers of airless tyres such as Japan's Bridgestone Corp. hope driverless cars will herald a breakthrough for their niche technology, which is more than a decade old but underperforms standard tyres in every way except resistance to puncture. Autonomous driving - and the eventual introduction of self-driving taxis - could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tyres as greater usage of vehicles exposes them to more flat tyres. "In the past, a car would be driven about 20% of the time and s

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Michelin and GM test airless tires on Chevy Bolt EV

Uptis tires could be used for production by 2024

Uptis tires could be used for production by 2024.

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Michelin Airless Tires | Autoblog Minute

Michelin has unveiled its Vision concept tire at the 2017 Movin’ On conference in Montreal. The airless tire-and-wheel in one ­– a “tweel,” if you will ­– is made from organic, bio-sourced materials that are both recyclable and biodegradable.

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Michelin unveils Vision 3D-printed, recyclable, biodegradable concept tire

It's a convergence of technologies Michelin is researching.

Made from sustainable materials and inspired by nature, it's a futuristic wheel and tire in one.

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GM commits to sustainable natural rubber for tires

Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, and Michelin will help lead the change to greener tires.

Transparency, labor rights, and preventing deforestation are keys to the initiative.

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Imagine racing at Le Mans in 2030 with award-winning design students

Check out the radical concepts of what endurance racing might look like in the future.

These award-winning designers from around the world imagine what it will be like to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2030. See the radical concepts here.

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How a fast lap in Forza 6 could earn you a trip to Le Mans

A virtual lap in a Ford GT race car could land you prizes from Michelin, Xbox, the Petersen Museum, and Ford.

We might not be world class endurance racers, but that doesn't mean we can't pretend to be.

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Ford Performance and Michelin sign performance tire deal

Ford Performance and Michelin have announced a new partnership that will see the French rubber company provide the tires for all the Blue Oval's performance models, including the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS, Shelby GT350 and GT350R, F-150 Raptor, and Ford GT.

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Michelin kicks off #SharingSafety campaign for teen drivers

Michelin and Katie Couric want to help make everyone, especially teens, safer behind the with a new public service campaign called Sharing Safety.

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Michelin gets Formula E tire contract through Season 5

The FIA's World Motor Sport Council has approved the contract for Michelin to continue supplying the tires for Formula E through Season 5 that ends in 2019.

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Winners of 2016 Michelin Challenge Design rethink mobility

The 14 winners of the 2016 Michelin Challenge Design include two entries from the US, and many of the concepts imagine vehicles for rural regions.

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Michelin aims for F1 tire deal [w/poll]

Michelin confirmed that it has submitted its bid for the exclusive contract to supply tires to Formula One, pitting it against the current supplier Pirelli as the FIA weighs competing offers.

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Michelin wants back into F1

Michelin is interested in replacing Pirelli as Formula One's exclusive tire supplier, but only if the FIA lets it take its rubber gloves off and switch to 18-inch wheels.

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Former Michelin Group director François Michelin dies at 88

Francois Michelin, grandson of Michelin co-founder Édouard, has died at the age of 88. No cause of death was given.

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Michelin experts talk electric racing, Pilot Sport EV

RFID Chips And Other Formula E Tire Surprises

We spent some quality time in the Michelin tire tent at the Long Beach round of the Formula E Championship learning about tires and, more specifically, the unique rubber that makes this electric series go round.

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Michelin doubling budget tire sales to combat Chinese makers

Michelin will start pushing harder on its various budget tire lines in a bid to combat the amount of cheap rubber coming out of China, changing up its product mix so that more affordable offerings count for between 25 and 30 percent instead of the current 15-to-20-percent mix.

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What was Michelin Challenge Bibendum doing in China?

One Of The World's Largest Green Car Gatherings In A Place That Needs It

There were any number of things said at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum last week that could easily be taken as platitudes. In the opening address by the CEO of the Michelin Group, Jean-Dominique Senard, for example, we have this: the Challenge has "the goal of imagining and creating the mobility of the future." Does that even have a meaning?

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Michelin announces Tweel airless tire going into production in SC [w/videos]

Michelin has been showing off its idea of combining the wheel and tire into a single component as far back as 2005. Dubbed the Tweel, the novel design replaced standard pneumatic tires and metal wheels with deforming spokes around a hub. While uses of the Tweel are still limited, the tech is about to get a big upgrade in production with Michelin opening a dedicated factory to

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How Michelin went from tire company to premiere foodie guide

Michelin is globally known for two things – tires and food. Yeah, we know, those two are pretty far removed from each other, but the company's history in the former is very nearly as long and storied as its work in the latter.

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