Goodyear's Spherical Concept Tires Are Like Cheat Codes for Driving

In this version of driving in the future, cars use magnetic levitation and roll around on big spheres. Please put me in cryostasis until this actually exists.

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The Goodyear Eagle-360 concept includes a few unusual features, like a spongey substance in the tire grooves that would soften and provide greater traction during rain. Does such a substance exist yet? Who knows! Let the nuts and bolts people sort this out later. Just think: with tires like these, parallel parking will be so easy it will just be called “parking.” Because you can just slide over horizontally. And the car will probably do it for you.

The future needs to hurry up and get here already.

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DISCUSSION

Kind of an overthink.

Hemispherical Omnidirection Gimbaled (HOG) wheels make more sense and work just the same and could be done today with current technology.

It’s not new, about 80+ years old. But the technology to really make it work did not exist until fairly recently.

Imagine that but scaled up. Maybe not as crazy but it will do everything Goodyear is promising without relying of Sci-Fi technology to make it work or practical. Although Mag-Lev (which is like the answer for everything) would allow you to omit the suspension and steering mechanisms, and have some of longevity and maintenance advantages eluded to in the Goodyear video.