Fully autonomous technology is just around the corner, and it’s going to change how cars are designed forever. On the outside they’ll look pretty similar, but on the inside they’ll have no steering wheels or pedals, and will be more like a living room than a cockpit. However, driverless cars will still need wheels and tyres – and Michelin’s latest concept imagines what they could look like.
Loofahs. They’ll look like loofahs basically.
Michelin’s new wheel concept for driverless cars looks like something you’d scrub yourself with – but every aspect of its appearance is a result of the new demands posed by autonomous vehicles.
Things such as grip and traction are required mainly for driving pleasure, but autonomous cars won’t need those qualities as a priority. That means things like longevity, comfort and road noise will be more important.