michelin — the company behind the chubby white tire man we all know and love —  together with general motors, is stretching out one plump arm towards the future with its new visionary tire concept. dubbed the michelin uptis prototype (or unique puncture-proof tire system), this new generation of wheel technology for passenger vehicles is completely airless. with a joint research agreement underway, the two mobility giants intend to validate the prototype as early as 2024.

michelin reinvents the wheel with uptis, a puncture-proof airless tire designboom
all images courtesy of michelin

 

 

the michelin uptis is an airless mobility solution for passenger vehicles, which eliminates the risk of flat tires and blowouts that result from punctures or road hazards. its airless technology minimizes regular maintenance such as pressure checks, and inspections for damage. created with sustainability in mind, michelin uptis’ materials reduce the number of tires that are condemned to scrap while decreasing overall raw materials and energy used in tire production.

michelin reinvents the wheel with uptis, a puncture-proof airless tire designboom

 

 

‘uptis demonstrates that michelin’s vision for a future of sustainable mobility is clearly an achievable dream,’ said florent menegaux, chief executive officer for michelin group. ‘through work with strategic partners like GM, who share our ambitions for transforming mobility, we can seize the future today.’

michelin reinvents the wheel with uptis, a puncture-proof airless tire

michelin reinvents the wheel with uptis, a puncture-proof airless tire designboom

michelin reinvents the wheel with uptis, a puncture-proof airless tire

michelin reinvents the wheel with uptis, a puncture-proof airless tire designboom

michelin reinvents the wheel with uptis, a puncture-proof airless tire

 

 

project info:

 

name: michelin uptis airless tire

company: michelin and general motors

expected delivery date: 2024