Omni Directional Wheels Make Parallel Parking and Donuts Easy

While we've already been impressed by Lexus' self-parking car, we're even more intrigued by a good omni directional wheel design. We're not certain of the source behind this video, but whoever worked on this project really needs to get in touch with Ford, Honda and our insurance adjuster ASAP. Just imaging the perfectly round donuts you could create with a full-sized version...or how much more fulfilling cutting off that jackass in the other lane at a 90-degree angle would be. [uberreview]

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pretty cool, first time I have seen this application to a car wheel though. Onmini directional wheels can be found on the moving platforms that load containers into the airplanes at the airport. Basically it is like a couple hundred of them on a flat plane, you can move freight forward and backwards at any angle.