2018 Hankook Tire Design Innovation 'Extending Future Life Beyond Mobility'
"Design Innovation" is Hankook Tire's research and development project in which famous design schools around the world collaborate with Hankook Tire to propose new visions and resolutions for future driving through tyre. In 2018 Hankook’s idea of "Extending Future Life Beyond Mobility" is to create a tyre system that will contribute to the creation of new values which will be suitable for the future driving environment of 2035.
Future of mobility begins with the evolution of the tyre.
For the exciting year of 2035 where fully-autonomous cars, robots, and AIs are expected to become part of our everyday routine, scenarios and ideas of three different concepts have been developed to exemplify how tyres can contribute to the new individual, public, and commercial aspects of this revolutionised mobility.
Future-oriented ideas and Hankook Tire's global technology have come together.
The Aeroflow and Hexonic tyres demonstrate futuristic concepts, which have been created from the innovative ideas of the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the global technology of Hankook Tire. Hankook’s pioneering idea, HLS-23 (Hankook Logistics System), is a concept tyre that proposes using a logistics system to enhance the future of the tyre.
To maximise the down-force, the tyre's grip has been improved by widening the wheel with separable tread. The absorption and release of air through the internal wings and side fans satisfy the desire for dynamic and powerful driving, for the future city environment.
It is a flexible type of tyre for fully-autonomous cars, created for the changing and varied conditions for the cities of the future. It can self-charge and self-diagnose by sensing the road information with its integrated smart sensors. The collected data from the sensors are processed through EAP (Electro Active Polymer) technology to form blocks and grooves on the tread, which maximise the drainage and cornering performances.
The separable treads are arranged in two columns, and the speed and direction of each column can be controlled separately to allow spinning in place. Depending on the size and weight of the conditions, the tyres can operate individually or in assembled groups. Traveling with road-coordinate recognition and self-charging guarantees sustainable and logistical services.