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PRESS RELEASE: Goodyear Unveils Eagle-360, a Visionary Tire Concept for Future Autonomous Vehicles

01.03.16 08:01
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PRESS RELEASE: Goodyear Unveils Eagle-360, a Visionary Tire Concept for Future Autonomous Vehicles

DGAP-News: Goodyear Dunlop / Key word(s): Miscellaneous
Goodyear Unveils Eagle-360, a Visionary Tire Concept for Future Autonomous Vehicles

2016-03-01 / 08:00
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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND --(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) - After 117 years of making tires, Goodyear today presented a
vision of a future tire that looks radically different from tires today -- it's a sphere.

Goodyear unveiled its latest concept tire, Eagle-360, at the Geneva International Motor Show. The spherical, 3-D printed
tire highlights Goodyear's vision for the future and presents an inspiring solution for the long-term future when
autonomous driving is expected to be more mainstream.

According to a recent study from Navigant Research, 85 million autonomous-capable vehicles are expected to be sold
annually around the world by 2035(1), for example. According to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study, consumers
are most concerned with ensuring safety through technology in autonomous cars.(2)

'By steadily reducing the driver interaction and intervention in self-driving vehicles, tires will play an even more
important role as the primary link to the road,' said Joseph Zekoski, Goodyear's senior vice president and chief
technical officer. 'Goodyear's concept tires play a dual role in the future both as creative platforms to push the
boundaries of conventional thinking and as testbeds for next-generation technologies.'

Spherical shape for ultimate maneuverability and safety

The unique shape of the Goodyear Eagle-360 could contribute to safety and maneuverability to match the demands of
autonomous mobility.The spherical shape of the tire is key to delivering ultimate maneuverability. The multi-orientation
tires move in all directions, contributing to passenger safety. Active technology allows the tire to move as needed to
reduce sliding from potential hazards, such as black ice or sudden obstacles, so it contributes to staying on a safe

In addition, the spherical shape of the Goodyear Eagle-360 provides a smooth ride by creating a fluid, lateral movement.
This helps the car to overtake an obstacle without changing its driving direction.

Finally, because 360 degree turns are possible with this tire, it could tackle anticipated parking constrictions of the
future, as less space will be needed for cars fitted with spherical tires to pull into parking spots. Assuming public
parking areas play the same role, this could significantly increase the capacity of public parking areas without
increasing their size.

Connected via magnetic levitation

To connect with the body of the car, the Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tire relies on magnetic levitation. The tire is
suspended from the car by magnetic fields, similar to magnetic levitation trains, which increases passenger comfort and
reduces noise.

'Though this is purely a concept tire, it showcases some of Goodyear's best innovative thinking and how the needs of
future drivers can be addressed. Based on our own recent research(3), we know that young drivers are looking for smart
and sustainable cars to be part of future mobility and that reliability and safety are key for them. We believe the
Eagle-360 concept tire could deliver a safe and sustainable solution for our end consumer who is likely to drive or ride
in autonomous cars in the future,' said Jean-Claude Kihn, President of Goodyear EMEA. 'We also hope it serves as
inspiration for the automotive industry as we continue to find solutions for the future, together.'

Sensors ensure connectivity with car and increase safety

Goodyear imagined another feature, connectivity, to optimize driving conditions in autonomous vehicles, which is brought
to life in three features. First, sensors inside the Eagle-360 concept tire register the road conditions, including
weather and road surface conditions, and communicate this information to the car as well as to other vehicles to enhance
safety. Secondly, leveraging Goodyear's tread wear and pressure monitoring technology, sensors in the Eagle-360 register
and regulate the wear of the tire to extend mileage. Finally, because the tread is produced by a 3-D printer,
customizing the tire based on the region where the driver lives is a new possibility.

Biomimicry - inspired by nature

Elements of the Eagle-360 design showcase biomimicry, which is the imitation of nature, a principle Goodyear often uses
in its designs. The tread mimics the pattern of brain coral, and its multidirectional blocks and grooves help to secure
a safe contact patch. The groove bottom has the same elements as a natural sponge, which stiffens when dry yet softens
when wet to deliver adequate driving performance and aquaplaning resistance. This texture also absorbs water on the road
and ejects water from the tire footprint through centrifugal force to reduce the risk of aquaplaning.

For more information on Goodyear at the Geneva International Motor Show, visit us at stand 2056 in Hall 2. Follow us on
Twitter @Goodyearpress and join our ThinkGoodMobility group on LinkedIn. All press materials are available for download

About Goodyear
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs approximately 66,000 people and manufactures its
products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg,
Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for
the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to:

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(1) Source: Navigant Research, Advanced Drive Assistance Systems and the Evolution of Self Driving Functionality: Global
Market Analysis and Forecasts: (2) Source: The 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study was fielded in
January through March 2015 and is based on an online survey of more than 5,300 consumers who purchased/leased a new
vehicle in the past five years. -- See more at:
-releases/2015-us-tech-choice-study#sthash.rZ6ysrNh.dpuf (3) Source: Goodyear and Think Good Mobility: Millennials Views
on the Future of Mobility in Europe: e/d/0B1HvJzTnvhLfc0dOYWJtTnBfUTA/view

Jeroen Rigole
+32 (0)2 713 19 78

News Source: Marketwire

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Company: Goodyear Dunlop


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