Researchers are now working on creating eco-friendly tires made from rubber derived from the juice of a weed, dandelion.
According to scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, who are working with tire maker Continental, dandelion juice can actually be transformed into rubber, providing an ecologically friendly source for tire production, the New York Daily News reported.
AdvertisementThe research and development phase is expected to last five years, after which Continental hopes to move towards adopting the technique for its tire production in Europe.
The researchers are currently experimenting with a variety of dandelion native to Russia, which is the only species currently capable of producing enough rubber to serve the purposes of the project.
They plan to present their first prototypes for dandelion-made tires five years from now.