3D-printed concept wheel by tyre manufacturer Goodyear uses living moss to absorb moisture from the road, before converting it into oxygen through photosynthesis.
The Oxygene tyre was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show that officially kicked off 8 March 2018.
The wheel’s open structure and tyre tread allow it to absorb and circulate moisture and water from the road surface. Light reaches the moss through a transparent cover, allowing photosynthesis to occur and therefore releasing oxygen into the air.
By converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, the wheel generates electricity which, in turn, powers its electronic features, including an artificial intelligence processing unit and sensors.
According to the manufacturer, in a city similar to Paris with approximately 2.5 million vehicles, the Oxygene wheel has the capacity to generate nearly 3,000 tons of oxygen and absorb more than 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.