DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and NREC, Carnegie Mellon University, developed a new type of “reconfigurable” wheel for military vehicles.
One of the challenges that any land vehicle presents is not being able to provide the maximum potential in land type, since all of them have their particularities and the wheels are made with few scenarios as objective.
However, this will not be a challenge to the dynamic proposed by DARPA. Your wheel can change from traditional mode to tank track mode, in just a few seconds, while still in motion. So, the driver could change terrains without difficulty, just by alternating the modes offered by the wheel.
Following the evolution of this dynamic, could get military vehicles that could cross up to 95% of the land, with all the particularities that could present, contributing to tactical mobility in different scenarios.
This initiative is part of the Ground X-Vehicle Technologies program, in its early stages, so there will still be a long wait for its production.
We can see its dynamics in action in the following video:
And of course, its potential would not only be demonstrated in the military field, but its applications could range from construction work to rescue missions.