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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Michelin Reinvents the Wheel

Sure, it's the oldest cliche around, but it appears that Michelin really has invented a whole new type of wheel. An integrated tire/wheel that does not rely on air pressure, the "TWEEL" is more rugged than, yet performs just as well as conventional tires.

Short-term applications of the TWEEL include use in wheelchairs and small personal transportation devices such as the Segway HT. Ultimately, though, it could prove to be a replacement for conventional automotive tires.

Source: Gizmag