What is a reconfigurable wheel-track, you ask? Watch the following video and you’ll get it right away.
The technology was developed jointly by Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center (CMU NREC) and DARPA, also known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
As you can see, the technology allows your wheels to convert from tracks to tires (and vice versa) as you’re driving along. The transformation requires only 2 seconds to happen and as you can see, the application could be very useful for the military, exploration or even search and rescue vehicles.
We’re ways off production but the equipment seems to have a future. Here’s a video on DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) and the vehicles and technologies they’re working on.