Tires normally don't attract a lot of attention but Goodyear is changing that by showcasing the Eagle-360 at the Geneva Motor Show. Designed for use on future autonomous vehicles, the Eagle-360 is a spherical tire that is designed to be suspended from a car by magnetic fields. Goodyear says the idea is similar to how magnetic levitation trains operate and would greatly increase passenger comfort while also reducing road noise.

Tires normally don't attract a lot of attention but Goodyear is changing that by showcasing the Eagle-360 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Designed for use on future autonomous vehicles, the Eagle-360 is a spherical tire that is designed to be suspended from a car by magnetic fields.  Goodyear says the idea is similar to how magnetic levitation trains operate and would greatly increase passenger comfort while also reducing road noise.

More importantly, the spherical design of the tire enables it to move in all directions.  This would give future vehicles unprecedented maneuverability while also eliminating the hassle of parallel parking as a car would simply have to pull alongside an open spot and then slide into position.

Goodyear goes on to say spherical tires would improve safety as the Eagle-360 has active technology that allows the tire to "move as needed."  As the company explains, this would greatly reduce the chance of sliding on black ice or other unforeseen hazards.

Speaking of technology, the Eagle-360 is packed with sensors that collect information on road conditions and then share that information with other drivers. Ideally, the tires could also communicate with road authorities to inform them about potential problems.

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Goodyear unveils the unique Eagle-360 spherical tire [video]