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Leave it to a Canadian to Reinvent the Wheel...
07-02-2016, 05:13 PM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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You've never seen a car do this...



The age of parallel parking may soon be over thanks to a literal reinvention of the wheel by Canadian man William Liddiard.

“True all-way drive for anything with wheels,” Liddiard says in an online writeup for his successful prototype of “omni-directional” wheels, a specialized rim and tire that can allow any car the ability to move sideways.
Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada...e-sideways

Cool, but not sure if this is practical with current tire design. He reinvented the wheel, but next would have to be a redesigned tire, of some type of nano material as these would be lucky to last 100 km if made of rubber due to stress.

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07-02-2016, 05:25 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Quote:The wheels are merely a “proof of concept” prototype, but Liddiard asserts that his design would allow them to be made as durable and safe as standard automotive wheels.
(from link above)

Cool. I am all for easier parking, any which way I can.
07-02-2016, 05:35 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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yup.gif I think this would be a great idea if inherent problems with tire longevity could be worked out.
Time to rethink the tire.

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07-02-2016, 05:38 PM #4
Kreeper Griobhtha
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I would think those would have a real problem with staying on the rims in curves.

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