Monday, July 24, 2017

magfloat and flexup by hankook tires are a realistic alternative to future driving

the hankook design innovation project has proposed a series of innovative tire proposals including the ‘mayfloat’ and ‘flexup’. the initiative is the result of a discussion between creative and realistic alternatives to future driving. combining design and technology in relation to the urban landscape, these mind blowing ideas introduce a whole new driving experience. 

the 2016 hankook theme ‘connect to the connected world’ predicts mobility changes in future mega cities and presents a vision of future mobility through tires.

the ‘flexup’ design consists of one single wheel which expands and contracts through a principle of divided treads which makes it possible to move freely even when the stairs are encountered. it can also freely turn any corner on flat ground by using a titling technique similar to when skiing.

the ‘magfloat’ in appearance resembles a skateboard but instead uses a magnetic field extension and rotation principle rather than wheels. this feature allows the user to move freely at a low speed of 20km / h or less.

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