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At the edge of the future with MICHELIN’s VISION concept

Visionary, innovative… Michelin is thinking outside the box with its VISION concept, which illustrates the Group’s sustainable development model for 2050. An ambition that simply confirms Michelin’s innovative strength, and in particular its singular expertise in the field of high-tech materials and processes. 

VISION, an illustration of Michelin’s sustainable development model

More than a futuristic vision of the sustainable mobility of tomorrow, the VISION concept represents a road map that is already inspiring the Group’s entire innovative ecosystem in order to focus its research and develop new solutions. 
Through this airless, connected wheel, produced using renewable or recycled materials, and with a tread that can be recharged on demand, Michelin is illustrating its sustainable development model for 2050. Designed as an infinitely renewable item, VISION fits perfectly into the Group’s circular economy approach, based in its 4R strategy. 
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Michelin’s Vision concept

Designed as an infinitely renewable object...

Designed as an infinitely renewable object, VISION fits perfectly into Michelin's circular economy approach, based on its 4Rs strategy.

  • Reduce: thanks to the “recharge” via 3D printing, the amount of materials needed to create a new tread is reduced. The management of materials and the design allows us to reduce the weight while offering greater performances. Lastly, Vision is designed to reduce CO2 emissions throughout its usage, thanks to optimized rolling resistance and its low rechargeable tread depth.

  • Reuse: VISION comprises a sustainable structure that can be reused thanks to the rechargeable tread. It therefore contributes to preserving natural resources. 

  • Renew: VISION includes a large number of renewable or recycled components that are not derived from oil, and for which production does not worsen the environmental impact. 

  • Recycle: VISION integrates recycled materials derived from end-of-life tires (carbon black), plastic waste or steel, including recycled scrap metal. Lastly, Vision is 100% recyclable at the end of its life.  

With VISION, Michelin has committed to meeting a huge challenge to make mobility safer, cleaner, more efficient and universally accessible, in line in particular with our values and our corporate DNA, innovation and environmental responsibility.

Florent Menegaux President of the Michelin Group

VISION: packed with Michelin’s expertise

Michelin’s mastery of high-tech materials is illustrated in particular by the Airless technology (no compressed air), and its revolutionary structure, capable of supporting the vehicle while guaranteeing driving comfort and safety. It is also expressed through the renewable or recycled materials, from which VISION is designed; these are fields in which Michelin is investing in order to achieve its aim of 100% sustainable materials by 2050. 

Furthermore, equipped with multiple sensors, VISION has the best of connectivity technologies onboard, the results of Michelin’s expertise in connected items and data enhancement. This expertise allows us to make the best recommendations to the customer in line with their use. 

Lastly, as one of the pioneers and leaders in metal 3D printing, Michelin is counting on using this expertise to innovate in the rubber 3D printing field and offer tread recharge solutions for tires. 
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VISION is already protected by 19 patents


VISION is 100% recyclable at end of life


1er prix "Best of the Best" du Red Dot Design Awards

Michelin UPTIS, a tangible application of VISION’s Airless technology

The MICHELIN UPTIS (Unique Puncture-proof Tire System) prototype is a puncture-proof wheel/tire assembly with no compressed air, which removes the problems of tire pressures and punctures. Driver safety is improved by removing the risk of losing control of the vehicle and of dangerous stops on the roadside due to a puncture. Furthermore, MICHELIN UPTIS allows fleet managers to increase efficiency by limiting the risk of vehicle downtime and eliminating maintenance operations linked to inflating tires and checking pressures, etc. 

This innovation has already been deployed on fleets dedicated to last-mile deliveries in Singapore, the U.S.A. and France. To date, Michelin is the only manufacturer in the world to run such a solution on open roads in real-life conditions under commercial contracts. Since 2020, these UPTIS prototypes have already covered almost 3 million kilometers.

VISION, a breakthrough innovation inspired by biomimetics

Transposing biological processes onto non-biological systems: this is the principle of biomimetics, from which Michelin also drew inspiration in order to come up with the VISION concept; an approach that found its origins with Leonardo da Vinci who, more than 500 years ago, already recommended observing nature in order to feed innovative capacity. 

For VISION, this is illustrated in particular by an alveolar structure, similar to that of a coral, which is both flexible and rigid. Conceived as an infinite item, VISION was designed like a natural object: its birth, its growth, its renewal, and right up to the end of its life forming part of a process that doesn’t harm the environment. 

Its avant-garde design has already earned it international recognition, crowned by the Best of the Best award at the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards in Singapore in 2018.

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