Michelin explores how biomimetics might reinvent a critical automotive component

Michelin have created a concept automotive tire that is radically different from the black rubber donuts we're used to seeing. The Michelin Vision tire combines four design and technology criteria into a single concept, being 3D printed, airless, digitally connected and comprised of organic materials.

The tire and rim are one piece that are made up of a nature-inspired structural mesh reminiscent of plant structures and mineral formations. No air is needed to inflate the tire which eradicates the risk of flat tires or dangerous blowouts at speed.

The surface of the tire can be recharged with a 3D printer to either add more tread or alter it for varying weather conditions. What's more, the tread design can be adapted to the specific environment where the driver uses their vehicle most.


Sensors in each wheel relay information to a mobile app to alert the driver when they need to recharge a tire or to pre-schedule a tread design change. At the end of its life, the Vision tire can even be composted, as it is made from biodegradable materials.

The Vision project is the result of a design thinking program conducted by Michelin that held workshops with people at four locations around the globe, with everyone from race car drivers to farmers.

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Michelin have created a concept automotive tire that is radically different from the black rubber donuts we're used to seeing. The Michelin Vision tire combines four design and technology criteria into a single concept, being 3D printed, airless, digitally connected and comprised of organic materials.

The tire and rim are one piece that are made up of a nature-inspired structural mesh reminiscent of plant structures and mineral formations. No air is needed to inflate the tire which eradicates the risk of flat tires or dangerous blowouts at speed.