Trippy Omni-Directional Wheels Can Move Car In Any Direction

June 30, 2016


This is a video demonstration of the Liddiard Omni-Directional Wheels designed and built by William Liddiard. They can move a car in any direction except up or down because, and I don't know if you could tell or not, but this isn't a hovercar, it's a Toyota Echo. In William's words while I fix a flat on my own car because that curb came out of nowhere I swear:

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 wheels. 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. These are proof of concept prototypes to show that they work. Finished wheels will be refined to target application requirements.

Setup on this car has an incredible 24,000 pounds of torque directly on the tires!

No CGI here (I did not want the tires to move too fast at road speeds so I used a high gear ratio. I now know I should have used a lower ratio). Fast speeds are definitely possible. Now ANYTHING with wheels can be omni capable (not just cars).

Impressive. I want a set of these on my car so I can turn my car around in my driveway so I don't have to back out into traffic. That's dangerous. People honk at me. And not a friendly toot toot either, a real lay on the horn honk and usually the finger and few choice derogatory words. I usually yell back at them about their mom or girlfriend which makes it extra scary because now all these people know where I live.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to London Horseshow, who threatened to lock me up and keep the key. I don't know if that's better or worse than throwing it away but I'm scared.

  • Sleepy404

    Yeah, big whoop. How does it handle at freeway speeds?

  • archer923

    Why haven't car manufactures just made a second set of wheels that lower. So you can park sideways?

  • Neil Sims
  • craig37f .

    Parking at my house has become so bad I dont care how slow they are I needs them!

  • Daniel L Charlebois

    This video is sped up a lot. Not very practical if it takes an hour to move an inch sideways.

  • Bling Nye

    YEah, right, there's no tread! Not going to work putting basically bike tire inner tubes on your personal car.... They should demo those accelerating, braking and cornering at normal street speeds, and goodfuckingluck with those at freeway speeds.

  • NervJMSL

    How slow are those wheels exactly, the guy inside looks possessed.

  • Bling Nye

    Better question is who the hell is driving?!

    Ah, must be the poltergeist... nevermind.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I would see that work superbly well on a forklift for lateral adjustments..

  • shashi


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