Off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris has announced its intentions of putting airless tires into production next year.

Off-road vehicle manufacturer Polaris has announced its intentions of putting airless tires into production next year.

Known as a Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT), it was developed by a Wisconsin-based startup called Resilient Technologies which Polaris bought in 2012. The tires will be available at first only for all-terrain vehicles but the company says they are considering other applications for the technology.

This type of tire can be modified for various purposes thanks to its outer tread made of rubber. It could lead to tires designed for fuel economy and even for higher vehicle performances. There are other advantages to consider, such as the less waste since only the outer tread has to be replaced. In addition, less noise and a more comfy ride are also benefits of the NPT.

The airless tire is not considered a novelty as back in 2005 Michelin presented the "Tweel" while towards the end of 2011 Bridgestone did the same thing. The main difference is that none of the two companies decided to make their tires generally available.

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