Colored Tiers Are Safer

The Discolor Tyre is a concept where the age and durability of the car tire is indicated and communicated through its color. Basically a tire is good for around 20,000 kilometers, and then its kinds worn out. With the Discolor Tyre, the tire takes on a bright orange hue once it is worn out and requires immediate replacement. It saves you the trouble of keeping a constant check and acts as a good warning system to keep your travels safe.

The Discolor Tyre is a 2012 iF Design Talents entry.

Designers: Gao Fenglin & Zhou Buyi

43 Comments

  • Israel says:

    Cool, but wouldn’t the roadways get all orange because of this? I mean when, the car breaks and accelerares it would leave fragments of orange rubber all over the streets, wouldn’t it?

    • Norway says:

      And black stripes are better? Yeah, if you drive above the speed limit of your control, the car leaves a trace of it. Now it also leaves a trace of your lack of concern with using old tires.
      The coloured part doesn’t seem to have patterns though, so you’d have to drive hard to leave marks.

  • Trent says:

    That is an excellent question. I love the idea but the streets will literally turn orange. BUT I like it very much. Most people don’t pay attention to their tires until it is too late and you are close to a blow out.

  • Marc says:

    better funky orange than gloomy black right?
    Kidding aside, maybe tire manufacturers could really look into this concept of showing a colored band whenever the tire needs to be replaced, but i don’t think the orange band needed to take up that large area to notify you. Maybe parallel strips on critical wear areas would suffice

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  • Quintin Smits says:

    Interesting concept! Could probably be worked out differently, but the idea makes sense.

    Doesn’t something like this already exist, at least for bicycles? I distinctly remember white patches appearing on the rear tire of my bike, as a child… (before ‘hitting’ the fabric and the tire bursting…)

  • stephen russell says:

    Must for all makes & models, even trucks, Awesome
    Have Auto Club test tires out for So CA market alone

  • mimi says:

    Well done sir, this is a great idea!

  • Barney.M says:

    NOBODY in their right mind will buy this crud. So it lets you know how much thread you have?

    Im Officer Douchebag, oh lookie here some guy with those new color coded tires..um whats that, no color left? Oh hes past the 12,400 mile legal limit. TICKET

    Thank you it was pretty while it lasted NEXT.

  • Barney.M says:

    NOBODY in their right mind will buy this crud. So it lets you know how much thread you have?

    Im Officer Doucheba.g, oh lookie here some guy with those new color coded tires..um whats that, no color left? Oh hes past the 12,400 mile legal limit. TICKET

    Thank you it was pretty while it lasted NEXT.

  • Pat O'Brien says:

    Gao,

    It is a nice idea, that has been around for a very long time. These tires are already in the market.

  • David says:

    I am sorry but this has already been invented, designed, and manufactured for automobile tires. This type of tire was done as an experimental tire by Bridgestone tires back in 2004, and they used a red compound to show an example of how tires wear. The tire was primarily used to demonstrate what tire wear looks like. Bridgestone never brought this tire to the market because it was too expensive to develop and the layering of different rubber compound is not cheap or safe. It is not safe because the outer black layer of rubber cannot be fused properly to the underlayer without it going through an expensive stamping process. Even then, if you drove on these tires the outer layer would “peel off” very easily and cause instability and destroy structural integrity of the tire over time. Automobile rubber can really only be formed, shaped, and stamped as ONE color. You cannot fuse two colors together, especially as sub-layers.

    Also, this same idea has been used on several kinds of road bicycle tires for quite some time. It is possible to do such a tire for a bicycle because the forces and strength do not need to be at the level of what is needed for an automobile tire. Search for “Soma Everwear” to read more.

  • Kyla says:

    One of the best design so far. How about some company step up and make this happen

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