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Spherical "wheels"

Discussion in 'Future Cars' started by Gynob001, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. Gynob001

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    Seems like such a system would perform poorly in inclement weather, roads with high ICE traffic (oil and grease), and even small wear from use.
     
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    Air filled tires already distribute the weight of the car almost perfectly across their contact patch so it wouldn't change. There might be ever so slightly less wear on the roads where parallel parking is a frequent occurrence. However that wear is never going to be the reason a road falls apart.

    It should also do just fine in low traction situations assuming it was designed well.

    The big problem would be the expense and ridiculous complexity of such a system for very little benefit. Particularly for an easy to park motorcycle. Forklifts would be the best use case for such a wheel, but that one would be a poor design for a heavy load like a forklift. And besides omni-directonal forklift wheels already exist.
     
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    Weirdmobile...
     
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    Sometimes you build something just to see if you can. This is an exercise in design, not practical application.
     
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    The same could be said about Teslas :)
     

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