Hankook has been selected as a finalist in the automotive and transportation category at the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2019, commended for its Hexonic and HLS-23 concept tyres. Both tyre concepts were designed in conjunction with students from the London Royal College of Art (RCA) as part of the Design Innovation research and development project.
The Hexonic tyre is designed for completely autonomous car-sharing vehicles and thus has a focus on enhanced driving comfort. Built-in scanners analyse the road in real time using seven separate sensors on the tyre tread, with conditions such as grip, temperature and road surface detected and the tyre treads adapted accordingly. The HLS-23 was developed for automated logistics systems and the tyres use sensors to mutually monitor their position between vehicles and maintain a constant distance apart.
The IDEA awards are not Hankook’s first awards success for the concepts, as in February, theycame first in the Professional Concept and Product categories at the ‘iF Design Awards 2019’.