Since one of the biggest benefits of hiking over driving is being able to traverse terrain that no car could handle, the DynaSync concept tire's tread is directly influenced by hiking footwear. A collaboration between Hankook Tires and Vibram, an Italian outsole manufacturer, the concept tires offer versatility in both appearance and functionality.
In terms of function, the DynaSync concept tire should improve vehicles' ability to travel over rough terrain. Further, the tessellating hexagonal pattern between the treads is meant to prevent "punctures due to gravel or stone," according to Hankook. For appearance, the tires come in multiple color compounds, allowing for a more personalized driving experience.
Beyond the DynaSync concept, the collaboration between Hankook and Vibram led to another concept tire: the DynaMix. Both of the tire concepts received 2016 Red Dot Design Awards.
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