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Special Wheels Let This Car Roll in Any Direction


(Image: William Liddiard via Gizmodo)

Inventor William Liddiard names them after himself, calling them Liddiard Wheels. They can attach to any car. In this case, it's Liddiard's own Toyota Echo. The tires roll horizontally, moving the car sideways. He writes:

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. Designed to be used in all weather and road conditions. 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.

It's the perfect solution to parallel parking challenges.

-via Gizmodo


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Very nice invention, really very nice, and a better retro-fit solution and way better cushioning than omni-wheels.
Cool but where is the valve?
More important can i get some as wide base tyres?
Or as bias beltet tyres?
Which thread patterns are available? Offroad? Winter?
And most important, what is the speed rating of the tyres?
Is there any puncture proof / runflat version?
I would see a very good application in automated indoor vehicles...
It would also be possible to economize the steerable front wheels of a car...
Just a very nice invention...
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