Goodyear Eagle 360 named one of 2016’s Best Inventions by Time Magazine

The Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tyre has been titled one of Time Magazine’s ‘Best Inventions of the Year 2016”, demonstrating the tyre manufacturer’s commitment to innovation, technology and superior design.

The Goodyear Eagle-360 made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year, unveiling its unique spherical design which allows it to spin in every direction. While it won’t hit the roads just yet, the Eagle-360 tyre has been designed specifically with self-driving cars in mind, providing the vehicles of the future with ultimate manoeuvrability, connectivity and biomimicry to increase safety in the future.

Cat Parker, General Manager, Digital, IT & Marketing for Goodyear & Dunlop Tyres, said, “The future of self-driving cars is imminent, encouraging an evolution in the traditional role of the driver. With a gradual decrease in the need for driver interference, tyres will serve an even more important purpose in future, with vehicle mobility and safety paramount.”

Each year, Time magazine’s technology editors list the “best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun.” This year’s list includes 25 inventions, which in addition to Goodyear’s Eagle-360 concept, features a virtual reality headset, self-lacing shoes, a levitating lightbulb and a Chevrolet electric car.

“Goodyear’s concept tyres play a dual role in that future, both as creative platforms to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and testbeds for next-generation technologies. The Eagle-360 combines some of the best innovation in the business and being named one of 2016’s ‘Best Inventions’ is testament of that,” said Parker.