An overhead view of one of the wheel units.

Vehicles could be affordably produced for a wide variety of specialized purposes using a self-contained wheel unit that combines a wheel and an electric motor with braking, suspension, steering, and a control system in a single module designed to be bolted to any vehicle frame.

It would free manufacturers from making huge investments to develop those components from scratch and could pave the way for more cost-effective production of low-volume, specialized vehicles with customized bodies in fields including mining, forestry, and rescue operations.