How would it actually work? While Goodyear acknowledges that Eagle–360 is just a concept, and not a real product it’s actually working on, the company says tyres like this would use magnetic levitation to do their thing. In other words, the wheels wouldn’t be mechanically connected to the rest of the vehicle, but instead the body of the car would be suspended above its wheels by magnetic force.
It sounds pretty sci-fi, but the same principle applies in maglev trains and hoverboards, so it could be doable for cars in the future too. We don’t expect to see Eagle–360 rolling us around the neighbourhood any time soon, but it’s an awesome idea that could make sense someday. Edited from: Goodyear unveils the future of tyres, with spherical, maglev wheels