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The tires can handle nail-and-screw-type punctures by using an embedded rubber compound to patch holes on the fly.
Autonomous services could expand the number of fleet-owned-and-operated vehicles.Those fleets could need new tires much more often.
Winter tires are specially designed to deal with snow, slush, ice, and low temperatures. A good set can cost more than $500, before installation.
NASA's redesigned rover tires are made from a nickel-titanium alloy — a material that can be deformed and return back to shape.
Engineers at NASA have reinvented the wheel by making a nearly invincible woven-mesh design that "remembers" its ideal shape and springs back into form.