The Toyota Hover Car
For the last two years, it has been rumored that Toyota has been designing a “hovering” car. The airborne car will not actually fly. Instead, the automobile will float, ever so slightly above the road. Toyota’s managing officer has confirmed that indeed Toyota Motor Corporation is consistently at work in its high tech Research and Development centers on this concept. The purpose of its hover craft capabilities are to reduce road friction and save on gas.
Hovering Car Features
It appears that the car manufacturing future of tomorrow is here today. Little did the 1985 movie “Back to the Future” think that a hovering and flying craft would be possible. Its writer and director, Robert Zemeckis was thinking far ahead of his time or at least Toyota is. Even the TV series the Jetson’s car and Luke Skywalker’s speeder is a present day possibility. The hovering car that Toyota is secretly working on, is being designed to resemble a regular looking Toyota model car. Retaining this type of car design is presenting challenges, which includes the following:
- a car riding above the road requires huge amounts of energy and speed for lift.
- not enough friction for the car to go, stop, and round corners.
In order to have the flying lift needed, the Toyota car would have to be modeled with wings, which is not what the Toyota engineers are working on. However, a Brussels auto manufacturing company (“AeroMobil”) will be revealing a new prototype of a flying car, equipped with wings. The flying vehicle is named “AeroMobil version 3.0.” The AeroMobil version 3.0 will be able to be driven on the road, as well as flown through the air. The purpose of its design is to be comfortable and practical, as well as the following:
- cut driving time by half
- help people to travel medium to long distances easier
- great car for first responders and law enforcement agencies to use when the infrastructure is in poor condition.
Flying Around Brussels in a Winged Car
The AeroMobil version 3.0 has been on exhibit at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels. The AeroMobil auto company reports that the 3.0 version is close to its final production and it is being tested under real flight conditions. The 3.0 version will be able to carry two passengers, fly up to 430 miles at 124 mph. On the ground, it can travel up to 310 miles at 100 mph. The 3.0 version will have winged features.
Sneak Peek At Toyota’s AeroMobil version 3.0
Toyota’s hovering car design patent is purported to be filed under the name Shape Morphing Fuselage or an Aerocar. It was submitted for patent filing in 2014, but was published in June 2016. Despite the fact that Toyota has not revealed much about the hovering vehicle, the patents gives us a peek inside its design. The patent reveals that Toyota is experimenting with a unique and advanced new fabric. The new fabric will serve as the outer skin of the car’s body. The advanced material is flexible, yet strong like steel and aluminum.
Toyota’s patent gives an example of a flying car for the future. The patent stated that with a flexible exoskeleton, a flying car of the future would be able to change its size. It would shrink while driving or flying in the city and elongate on the highways. The purpose of its size change is to reduce fuel and to help future cars fly faster and farther – one day.
The national and international car industry is also interested in incorporating a new material called the “Magic Material.” Not revealing anything about the new material, it is believed to be based on a chemical fluid called “STF” or Shear-Thickening Fluid. The fluid is thin and soft, but hardens at normal to high speeds, making the car more aerodynamic.