Being unpleasantly surprised by a flat tyre or having to decide whether to fill your new tyres with nitrogen or just regular air could all be things of the past, if tyre manufacturer Bridgestone has its way. Bridgestone Corporation, along with its sister firm Bridgestone Cycle Co., has developed a bicycle tyre based on the brand’s “Air Free Concept” a technology that eliminates the need for tyres to be inflated with air. The bicycle tyre that has been developed now uses a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides made with special resins and rubber compounds.

The company says it’s currently doing feasibility studies seeking to make this newtyre available in market by 2019, and more interestingly, also plans to adapt this technology to be used in “various other types of tyres.” Now, that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to buy airless tyres for your cars from next year on. It’s going to take years, decades in fact, before any such technology could be adapted in such a way as to be put into practical use in automobiles.  longevity and practicality remain issues. The same flexibility we mentioned earlier that robs energy? It also helps deliver a more comfortable ride. But as Bridgestone says this new tyre technology can lead the way to a new generation of bicycles that are radically different from the ones we’ve seen until now, the same could well happen with cars. If the technological breakthrough is compelling enough, it could even spawn a whole new generation of automobiles. Do you see this happening anytime soon? Let us know what you think…