Cycloidal Propulsion — Its Motions, Past and Present 640042
Cycloidal propulsion as a means for driving a land vehicle is new. It offers omnidirectional drive with infinitely variable speed and tractive effort control. It also offers simplicity of design to the extent that conventional brakes, transmissions, axles, and steering systems are eliminated and replaced by a simple stick control.
Cycloidal drive has a history in ships’ propulsion; its characteristics indicate that it has a future as well in land vehicle propulsion.