The hoverboard: Not just for Marty McFly anymore? Lexus is testing its own, top.
It’s been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989.
But Lexus plans to start testing the “first real, rideable hoverboard” this summer.
Bloomberg reported that the board uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, according to the Lexus website. The technology already is zooming around Japan. A railway company last year set a world speed record using a magnetic-levitation train. Toyota tipped its hand a year ago that it has been experimenting with this for cars.
“It’s very confidential information, but we have been studying the flying car in our most advanced r&d area,” Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, a managing officer in Toyota’s Technical Administration Group, said in June 2014 at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit in Sausalito, Calif. “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 says it will disclose more information further down the road — specifically on Oct. 21, 2015, the day Doc, Marty and his girlfriend, Jennifer, went back to the future. But really, roads? Where they’re going, they won’t need roads.