The innovative device collects tire dust to minimize pollution from your car's rubber.
Tire technology is constantly evolving and advancing. Michelin recently developed new connected tires for the BMW M2 CS, and Pirelli created a new tire specifically for the Porsche Taycan too. These advances are great, but there are very few companies looking at reducing the impact that tires have on the environment. When you think about car rubber and its relation to the environment, you likely imagine any detrimental side-effects as coming from burnouts, but it turns out that your tires are constantly polluting the planet. If you've ever wondered why tires wear so slowly that it's almost imperceptible, the video below shows how small the emissions of tires are. Better than that, the video also shows how the problem can be solved.
Created by students in London, the video showcases the group's invention that collects the tiny rubber particles that get flung into the air from the use of the tire. According to this group (known as The Tyre Collective), tires are the second-largest microplastic pollutant in the world. With the world shifting to electric vehicles to combat pollution and climate change, there's a secondary effect that these much heavier cars with their complex systems and heavy battery packs are having on the environment. While these cleaner cars don't chuck fumes into the atmosphere, their added weight means more wear on the tires, thus counteracting any positive progress made by greener energy sources.
Fortunately, the device shown in the video appears to be both simple to construct and cheap too. It also has the added benefit of helping with recycling, as the students say that separating the various particles of these tire deposits is a simple process. Once complete, these deposits can be reused, perhaps even in the form of new tires. With Michelin only just debuting the world's first carbon-neutral tire, it's clear that the auto industry has been overlooking the effects of tires on the environment, but with ingenious advances like those made by The Tyre Collective, perhaps the shift to electric vehicles will not be in vain.