Bridgestone continues to taunt us with its wonderful airless tyres that promise enhanced durability, minimal maintenance, and the ability to never go flat. Previously, the tyre-maker was only demonstrating smaller versions of the wheel designed for golf carts and the like, but at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show it's finally revealed a larger version bringing the innovative tyres one step—or roll—closer to your car.
The second-generation of Bridgestone's non-pneumatic tyres has a larger diameter, improved load-bearing capabilities, and can handle speeds of up to almost 40 mph. So slapping a set on your van isn't going to happen just yet, but the tyres can finally be used on vehicles larger than a go-kart.
Admittedly, it's an incremental step, but it's proof that Bridgestone's engineers are working hard to perfect the design of airless tyres so that eventually they're a viable alternative to what's on your vehicle now. Because while being able to buy an ATV with non-pneumatic tyres is neat, consumers want to be reassured that one day they'll never have to change a flat tyre on their Robin Reliant in the pouring rain ever again. [Bridgestone via Fareastgizmos]