Reminiscent of Ghostbuster‘s Marshmallow Man, new Goodyear tires might just Stay-Puft on their own. The company is developing Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) tires with built-in pumps to keep themselves at the perfect pressure. The reason? Even slightly under-inflated tires can drop your mileage by 3.3 percent, costing you cash at the pump. For highway-hustling commercial trucks that’s a whole lot of moola, leading the US Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technology to grant Goodyear $1.5 million towards self-plumping commercial tire development. For those of us who don’t wear mesh hats, Goodyear is working on a consumer version in its Luxembourg lab. It’s unclear exactly how they will work, but earlier implementations have a pipe that’s compressed as the tire rolls, allowing air to enter the tire without bursting thanks to a pressure sensitive valve. With so much automated car technology now all we need is the kind that cleans out its own trunk and pumps its own gas. Check out the full PR after the break.
Goodyear’s self-inflating tires could improve gas mileage, leave Schrader valves unsatisfied originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 13 Aug 2011 05:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.