Inventor Creates Wheels That Let Cars Roll in Any Direction

Omnidirectional wheels have been around for a while, but they are mostly used on utility vehicles like forklifts. London-based inventor William Liddiard has created a special set of omni wheels that can be bolted on to any car, allowing it to move in any direction, spin 360 degrees and slide into a parallel park with ease.

“Unlike other omni capable wheels, my wheels do not require the vehicle to be built around them. This is a world first bolt-on application for anything with wheels,” Liddiard wrote in the description of a YouTube video he uploaded to show how his invention works on an old Toyota Echo. “They are stronger, faster, and more accurately controlled than prior art. They can take a beating. The tires can have the same build characteristics (siping, grooves, rubber compounds etc.) as regular tires. Now you can drive in all directions, and turn on the spot, when needed.”

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Photo: YouTube screengrab

While the “Liddiard Wheels” shown in the video are just proof of concept prototypes, they¬†seem to work as described by the inventor. His ca can be seen spinning in place and sliding from one side to the other as the tires move under the power of 24,000 pounds of torque applied directly to them.

William is now hoping that the power of social media will help him get his invention out there and eventually team up with a company willing to help him refine the wheels and eventually bring them to the market.

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Photo: Pinterest

A set of wheels that make lateral parking a breeze? Yeah, I’m pretty sure these things will be in high demand if they ever end up on the market.

 

via Neatorama


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Feedback (3 Comments)

  • Megan Huddleston Posted on June 30, 2016

    How is he steering the car? It looks like there’s no one in the driver’s seat. Those tires are amazing!!!

  • david railton Posted on July 1, 2016

    Really? the tyres will do that with a functional tread? I don’t see the possability myselfe!

  • Stannous Flouride Posted on July 3, 2016

    It appears to turn using the same technique as a tank when it moves the treads in opposite directions to spin in place but at a much more complex level.
    The operator in the passenger seat appears to be looking down at what must be the controls. I think to drive the car on public streets it would be simpler (and more legal) to use the original steering wheel.