For some reason, Lexus built a real hoverboard
Remember the hoverboard from Back to the Future? Lexus, the car company, built one and they plan to release it to the masses.
As absurd as it sounds, Lexus is getting into the hoverboard business. That’s right, instead of pouring their resources into making the best possible vehicle they can manufacture, they’re out there playing with a technology that, realistically, no one is going to be using in the next five years.
The company recently revealed a video where they show off a real-life functional hoverboard prototype, but that’s about it. There’s no actual evidence that it even works.
Watch technology, design & imagination combine for stunning results. Presenting SLIDE. #LexusHover #AmazingInMotionhttps://t.co/NsZ8SY5PBJ
— Lexus (@Lexus) June 24, 2015
According to its website, Lexus is calling the hoverboard, SLIDE. Here’s some of the technology behind it, according to the company:
The Lexus Hoverboard uses magnetic levitation to achieve amazing frictionless movement.
Liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets combine to allow Lexus to create the impossible.
OK, that’s great and all, but does it actually work? At this point, it’s probably safe to bet that it does, in a limited capacity. Lexus plans to test its device this summer in Barcelona, according to Bloomberg. If and when this will ever become a reality for the public, keep your fingers crossed. This is probably smoke in the wind, in my opinion.