Car Culture

Video: See Tire Morph Into Tank Tread

Look out Optimus Prime you have competition on the rise. It’s starting with tires that morph into tank tracks, but who knows where this will end? The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to create Reconfigurable Wheel-Track (RWT) technology.

Plan on some serious off-roading? Never air down your tires again. At the touch of a button what looks like a futuristic tire lives up to that perception by transforming into a more triangular shape and taking on the characteristics of a tank tread. This happens on-the-go and as you can see in the accompanying video footage it is quite surreal. The applications for this technology include a strong lineup of military uses, search and rescue vehicles, extreme construction equipment, and it would be great if this trickled down to off-road enthusiasts.

 

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