Toyota Patented Flying Car With… Propeller!


Well, flying cars are in minds of science fiction authors and people who think about how future would be look. Why so? Maybe because the concept of the car flying anywhere is extremely convenient. However, the limitations of today technology makes it totally useless. Nevertheless, some companies even manage to create something functionally closer to ‘flying car’. Toyota, which is one of the largest car companies on Earth, have certain plans for the flying car, and it is rather… controversial.

toyota flying car patent

Toyota Explaining

At first, Toyota Motor Company claimed that their idea has been misinterpreted. They are not going to make a car which flies over the city. They have the intention to create a vehicle which can slightly get off the ground like a hovercraft. However, Toyota patented a new invention later on. Its details have leaked and we know that it was an aero car with a wing which is stackable and able to get atop of the aero car. Even though there are no proves of it being that very car with a propeller but there is a high likelihood of it. No sketches or drafts have been shown yet either.

flying car concept

We can predict that such aero car will be slightly different from a typical hatchback or coupe since it will operate with a propeller on its back. It means that aero car will mainly use a motor found in the rear part of its body. Some sources assume that when such vehicle is on the ground it can stow wings under the body panels. That is why we can expect fuselage of shape shifting type which is made of tensile skin. Some of those flying cars which exist today are far from being convenient since their wings fold against fuselage when on land. First of all, such approach to storing wings can bring damage to them. What is more, it causes the higher use of fuel which makes a car less economical.

toyota flying car concept

The Idea Is Not New

Nevertheless, Toyota is not a pioneer in the sphere of cars which can fly. Henry Ford intended to develop this idea much earlier. He refused from it when his friend fatally crashed during testing. Hardly can we say that Ford was the firestarter but he was one of the first people who began to develop this dream. The project he was working on was known as “sky flyer”. This is a tribute to his Model T. which used be overwhelmingly popular in early days. Since Ford made his effort there has been a problem what to do with the wings of aero car. Nonetheless, Moulton Tylor who was an inventor offered a good decision in 1949. According to his plot, there had to be detachable wings of 30-foot folding. They could keep a car aloft at 110 MPH.
No matter how unrealistic the idea of flying home from work sounds, there are serious attempts to implement it into everyday life. Since Henry Ford times and up to our days this concept has made a long way. Now that Toyota Company is getting the hold of it, we can expect to see realistic results in the near future.
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