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 magnetic field extension and rotation principle rather then wheels. this feature allows the user to move freely at a low speed of 20km / h or less.

in cities that are becoming increasingly sophisticated and dense, hankook have built ‘shiftrac’ for police cars that are agile and easy to drive. it is a tire that allows strong cornering and fast lane change through block shifting of skating principle pushing outwards.

the ‘iplay’s two wheel mobility maximizes the efficiency and cornering in the urban car sharing system. flexible suspension structure minimizes the volume during the standby mode. it is a single user mobility that can realize an optimum performance even at high speed and cornering by changes of the wheel angle.

‘autobine’ is an autonomous bus concept in which the body is expanded and contracted while the tires are automatically attached and detached according to the number of passengers. this is an intelligent tire that detects the weight of the car and attaches itself to the bus body.