With a traditional tire, the rubber serves as an envelope to contain the air. The strength of this envelope is dependent upon its air pressure. A tire can support a vehicle at a fraction of its maximum air pressure. More air is pumped into the tire as a preload that allows the tire to withstand vertical forces that result from bumps and horizontal forces that result from turning. Additional loads will increase the tire pressure. When the envelope can no longer withstand the additional pressure, the tire might burst. If this happens while the vehicle is moving, the vehicle may lose control creating a life threatening situation. For that reason conventional tires must have a significant safety factor – i.e. a tire with a nominal working point of 35 psi has to bare approx 150 psi.
With the Galileo Wheel tire, the envelope does not define the maximum air volume in the tire. Should the tire encounter additional pressure from an obstacle or overloading, the envelope reacts by expanding, dynamically increasing its volume and resulting in an immediate drop in pressure. With the Galileo Wheel tire, unlike a traditional tire, an increase in pressure does not pose the risk of bursting. The Galileo Wheel tire’s unique geometry provides a built in safety mechanism against a tire blowout.
There are 3 other implications to this: