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The Rise of Autonomous Vehicles Demands Intelligent Tires

When you think about the city of the future, you expect futuristic vehicles on its roads. We’re already seeing some versions of them: Sometime in 2019, General Motors will launch its version of autonomous vehicles, making cars without steering wheels a common sight.[^1]

That already seems pretty futuristic, but think a little deeper. Vehicles that advanced will need tires which are equally innovative. There’s an enormous market for tires in general: The world may need as much as 8 billion new tires over the next 20 years.

As cars get smarter, however, the old rolling rubber donuts underneath them have an expiration date not too far in the future. Enter the world of tires connected by magnetic levitation, using neural networks, and covered with bionic skins.