Marty McFly would be proud of Toyota Motor Corp’s latest development. They’ve built a working Lexus brand hoverboard using maglev technology, the very same used in high speed trains. That’s right, we’re one step closer to zipping around like Marty did in Back To The Future II. In fact, the luxury brand has greater aspirations than a hoverboard, which means one thing; flying cars. But for now they’ve built a hoverboard, it’s not for sale, but it’s real and pretty cool looking.
So how does it work? Magnets and nitrogen-cooled superconductors, that’s how. No, it’s not witchcraft, it’s science. This technology is already in use elsewhere in Japan, as aforementioned, in high speed maglev trains. Toyota has been hinting that they want to apply this technology to cars. “It’s very confidential information but we have been studying the flying car in our most advanced R&D area,” said Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, a managing officer in Toyota’s Technical Administration Group. “Flying car means the car is just a little bit away from the road, so it doesn’t have any friction or resistance from the road.” Lexus will begin testing the hoverboard prototype sometime this summer in Barcelona. So be on the look out.