The only thing worse than getting stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire is getting stuck with a car full of kids. Michelin’s new puncture-proof tires could guarantee you’ll never have to face that challenge.

Debuted at the Movin’ On Summit in Montreal, the new tire is named Uptis, which stands for Unique Puncture-Proof Tire System. The tire is airless making it impossible to become flat.

The tire contains a middle layer composed of composite rubber and resin-embedded fiberglass spokes which eliminates the need for air. Michelin also promises that the design will make the tires last longer as there will be no wear and tear due to over or under inflation.

Working in partnership with General Motors, the tires are set to make their debut on GM vehicles in 2024. They will be tested out this year on a new fleet of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles.

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—Shahrzad Warkentin

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