Is the 'retro-futuristic' hover car really the car of the future?
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/15/2014 (2 years ago)
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Just as moving sidewalks, as depicted in the futuristic TV cartoon show "The Jetsons" was rendered obsolete down the road, the idea of a hovercraft - a car without wheels that zips through the sky, didn't make it into the 21st Century. Now, auto technicians are at work seeing if a hovercraft is actually viable, saying it will reduce friction on tires.
While the hovercraft is usually associated with far-flung science fiction, technicians at Toyota are now working to make that dream a reality.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Toyota engineers are currently hard at work trying to recapture a certain aura of "techno-innocence" with their ideas concerning a possible hovercraft. To this end, Toyota managing officer Hiroyoshi Yoshiki has revealed the company is working on a real-life hover car -- or at the very least, investigating its potential.
The project is underway at one of Toyota's "most advanced" research and development areas, according to BlogSpot the Verge.
It must be noted that the vehicle in question will not be like the Jetsons' car, or even Luke Skywalker's speeder. At this time, the proposed car won't so much be hovering in free space as "a little bit away" from the road. The aim is to reduce road friction.
Turning the vehicle into a giant aircraft wing is no easy task. Friction is rather important to a car's ability to go, stop and corner. Losing contact with the road entirely needs lots of energy and usually lots of speed, as well. Think of what the average jet aircraft has to do in order to become airborne.
Yoshiki, speaking at Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit in San Francisco, wouldn't elaborate further on the company's ideas, so it's unknown how close such an idea is to reality. Toyota's progress on the notion hasn't been documented. In other words, don't expect your own personal spaceship in the near future.
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