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Goodyear’s crazy spherical Eagle-360 tires can levitate

by Todd Haselton | March 9, 2016March 9, 2016 7:45 am PDT

Forget the circular tires you’ve come to expect on modern automobiles. Goodyear recently unveiled new “Eagle-360” concept tires that offer a spherical design, potentially allowing cars to cruise around the world on big orbs.

The Eagle-360 tires were discussed at the Geneva Auto Show last week and were specifically designed for autonomous vehicles, like those being built by Google and a handful of other firms. They provide not only additional maneuverability, thanks to the ability to quickly turn and move in any direction, but also the ability to levitate if used with a special “magnetic levitation system.”

That’s almost Jetson’s level stuff right there.

Other features include connectivity, providing constant insight on tire pressure and tread wear, and “biomimicry,” a special tread that “mimics the pattern of brain coral and behaves like a natural sponge, designed to stiffen in dry conditions and soften when wet.”

These are concepts, so it doesn’t mean the Eagle-360 will ever launch on an actual car, but we like what Goodyear cooked up.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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