Passenger tire technology timeline

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1839—Rubber vulcanization (Charles Goodyear)

1888—Pneumatic tire patent (John Boyd Dunlop)

1896—Pneumatic tire on automobile (the 1896 Winston)

1898—Schrader air valve

1900—Cord-type auto tire (B.F. Goodrich)

1906—Rubber accelerators used in tire production

1912—Carbon black used in tire production

1913—Pneumatic truck tires introduced

1920—Balloon (low-pressure) tires developed (Firestone)

1924—Anti-oxidants used in tire production

1929—White sidewalls introduced as cosmetic feature

1931—Neoprene synthetic rubber developed

1934—Off-the-road tires introduced

1935—Modern tire dimensions officially adopted

1937—Wire used as tire cord material

1938— Rayon used as tire cord material (Goodyear)

1947— Steel used as tire cord material (Michelin)

1947—Nylon used as tire cord material (Goodyear)

1947—Tubeless tire (B.F. Goodrich)

1954—Tubeless-type tires OE on U.S cars

1948—Radial tire (Michelin)

1955—Colored sidewalls introduced

1962—Polyester used as tire cord material (Goodyear)

1963—Bias-belted tire (Armstrong)

1967—70-series tire

1967—Fiberglass used as tire cord material

1968—Foam-filled tire

1970—60-series tire

1973—50-senes tire

1977—All-season tire (Goodyear)

1979—High performance tires developed

1981—H-speed-rated tire

1982—V-speed-rated tire

1985—Z-speed-rated tire

1990—Aquachannel tire (Continental)

1992—Run-flat tire (Bridgestone and Goodyear)


Sources: Tire Evolution. 3500 B.C. to 1987 A.D., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; MTD research.

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