History of car tires

Timeline created by evanl
  • Vulcanized Rubber

    Vulcanized Rubber
    In 1844 Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber which was later used to make tires.
  • First Attempt

    First Attempt
    In 1895, André Michelin was the first person to use pneumatic tires on an automobile, however, not successfully.
  • First Tubeless tire

    First Tubeless tire
    In 1903, P.W. Litchfield of the Goodyear Tire Company patented the first tubeless tire, however, it was never commercially exploited until the 1954.
  • Improvements

    Improvements
    In 1904, mountable rims were introduced that allowed drivers to fix their own flats and Frank Seiberling invented grooved tires with improved road traction.
  • Carbon Tires

    Carbon Tires
    In 1910, B.F. Goodrich Company invented longer life tires by adding carbon to the rubber.
  • First Successful tire

    First Successful tire
    In 1991 Philip Strauss, made the first successful automobile tire, which was a combination tire and air filled inner tube. Strauss' company the Hardman Tire & Rubber Company marketed the tires.
  • Sythetic Rubber

    Sythetic Rubber
    Goodrich also invented the first synthetic rubber tires in 1937 made of a patented substance called Chemigum.
  • Bias-ply tires

    Bias-ply tires
    In 1967, Goodyear, the world’s largest tire company, introduced their response to the radial, a bias-belt product called the Custom Superwide Polyglas. The bias-belted tire simply added a fiberglas belt to the bias-ply tire. The bias-belted tire would last 30,000 miles compared to 40,000 for radial and 23,000 for bias-ply tires.
  • Tires on the Moon

    Tires on the Moon
    The first tires on the moon, throught the Apollo 14 mission, are supplied by goodyear.
  • Radial Tires

    Radial Tires
    Goodyear finally produced a radial tire in 1977 by investing billions of dollars in radial technology. Other American tire companies either merged or were bought out. All American new cars came with radial tires by 1983.