Michelin Has Finally Hopped Into The Airless Tire Category
Airless tires aren't anything new. In fact, they've been around for a very long time in one way or another. While they have been proven workhorses in the industrial category, nobody has been able to crack the passenger tire market with these. I think Bridgestone even started teasing this tech back in the late 2000's, but nothing has come of it yet... and with competitors now edging in, the last set of tires you'll likely ever buy might be closer than you think.
All the same, given the amount of detail we can see here, they might not live up to the hype. These tires, like all tires, are made up of rubber. Rubber is a great substance, but it also have a lifespan. Just look at some of the cheaper tires on the current market. Sure, they were a great deal, but the cheaper they are, the sooner they'll start to crack and inevitably fail in as little as four years. More expensive tires tend to last longer. You really do get what you pay for. And the heavy hitters like Michelin are starting to look at tech like this like a fat kid looks at cupcakes. Whether or not these actually hit the market is still up in the air. Like I said, other manufacturers have been teasing it for over a decade... but if they do, it might be something to save up for.