Hankook Tyre Design Innovation 2020 'Urban Reshaping'
Design Innovation is a project that plans future smart cities and new mobility, together with leading international design colleges, we have been designing various tyre-centred mobility.
In 2020 under the theme of "Urban Reshaping," we joined forces with professors and students from the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati in the U.S. Our aim is to achieve revolutionary progress in the concept of mobility as a life space, not only as a means of transportation. In a future environment dedicated to the advancement of driving technologies and the automation infrastructure, the ideas of eco-friendly autonomous driving and artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change the modern city.
"The essence of mobility is tyres"
We proposed a movable modular platform based on H.E.M. (Hankook Electric Mobility Technology), an amalgamation of Hankook Tyre & Technology called the "HPS (Hankook Platform System)-Cell."
HPS-Cell is a tyre-centred driving platform. The platform is modularised and provides efficiency in movement, aiming to provide services optimised for movement by combining with other pods for various purposes. We completed a scenario where the tyre is at the centre of the platform’s role, assuming responsibility for movement and the new concept of mobility as a living space.
HPS-Cell aims to guarantee safe movement in the city in any situation, and will maximise the efficiency of driving systems. One platform comprising of 2 wheels can be expanded to 8 or 10 wheels, depending on the pod shape. The two 4-wheel shaped sets will be the default configuration. One of the advantages of the modular platform is that it responds to various electric energy-based forms of mobility consisting of pods.
The "HPS-Cell" is an airless tyre to which the unit-cell-shaped structure has been applied to deliver multiple levels of rigidity. It uses advanced sensor technology to check tyre tread and road surface in real time, it also responds to risks due to wear. The wheel and optimised infrastructure automatically replaces the tread pattern so that it adapts to the road surface, thus maximising efficiency in maintenance. Subsequently the worn-out part of the tyre is separated and replaced, the replaceable tread contributes to improving the efficiency of resources. This delivers synergy with the semi-permanent airless structure, and contributes to an eco-friendly infrastructure for the future city.