Makers of airless tyres such as Japan’s Bridgestone Corp. hope driverless cars will herald a breakthrough for their niche technology, which is more than a decade old but underperforms standard tyres in every way except resistance to puncture. Autonomous driving – and the eventual introduction of self-driving taxis – could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tyres as greater usage of vehicles exposes them to more flat tyres. “In the past, a car would be driven about 20% of the time and s
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