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The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for sale. Yet.
The board uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, according to the Lexus website. The technology is already zooming around Toyota's home country. A Japanese railway company last year set a new world speed record using a magnetic-levitation train. Toyota tipped its hand a year ago that it’s been experimenting with this for cars.
Yesterday, Lexus said it had built a hoverboard. The company invoked the science of magnetic levitation and superconducting magnets, but left it at that. Lexus was teasing us with as little information as possible. The idea seemed plausible, though, with the one major caveat being that the person operating this superconducting skateboard would need a magnetic track to hover over, something that wasn't visible in the video.
Now, Spanish website El Patín has discovered that the the park in the ad is real, and in the pictures that it's being built in Cubelles, a village outside of Barcelona. More importantly, we can clearly see a metal track embedded in the ground of the unfinished park. The writer at El Patin says that the park's been under construction for about a month, and that it's patrolled by private security 24 hours a day.
originally posted by: soulpowertothendegree
a reply to: lostbook
Great another vehicle for idiots to text and phone from while they car-een out of control.