2016, June, 13

Borrowing from nature’s genius: Brain coral

Nature is our ultimate and limitless laboratory for innovative ideas. All we need to do is to make the right observations and find the right connections.  Here is one great example.

Goodyear has come up with a concept for re-inventing tires in anticipation of self-driving vehicles.  Instead of the current wheel-based shape, the idea is to transform the tire into a spherical shape, giving it full, 360 degree mobility.  The tire would be attached to the car using magnetic levitation and its tread, which has to be able to grip equally well in any direction, would be based on the surface design of, you guessed it, brain coral! It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Take a look at the story here:
http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160308-from-brain-coral-a-smarter-tyre

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