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Toyota Investigating Hovercars 186

Posted by Soulskill
from the would-go-great-on-michigan's-pockmarked-roads dept.
cartechboy writes: Remember back in the day when we all thought we'd be driving flying cars in the future? Well that clearly didn't happen, though it still might in the future. But somewhere inside Toyota there's a team of engineers who think hover cars might be a thing, and apparently there's a project underway at one of Toyota's "most advanced" research and development areas. We aren't talking Jetson's flying car, more like a car that merely hovers "a little bit away" from the road. Probably a few inches, with the aim to reduce road friction. With no wings or ridiculous speed, this is probably no simple process. No one really knows how long Toyota has been working on the idea, or how far along it is. Basically, don't expect flying Priuses any time soon...
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  • by JimFive (1064958) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @09:24AM (#47211489)

    Better yet, try driving in the left lane on a road that isnt limited access, a speed limit something around 35mph, and see how many people completely lose their minds despite the fact that what youre doing is entirely legal.

    No, it isn't legal. Look up Impeding Traffic. You aren't allowed to impede the normal flow of traffic, even if that traffic is violating the law.
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    JimFive

  • by VernonNemitz (581327) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @09:31AM (#47211549) Journal
    There is a new-ish technology out there for making flying machines [d-dalus.com], and they can be roughly automobile-sized. Perhaps Toyota should consider teaming up with the inventors....
  • by fuzznutz (789413) on Wednesday June 11, 2014 @09:37AM (#47211597)

    Try an experiment: go the speed limit in the center lane of the highway and see how many furious drivers pound their horns and flash their headlights.

    How about you keep your butt over in the right lane if you are not passing anybody like the law says? I see that you are one of those douchebags who thinks it's his personal responsibility to make sure nobody is speeding. You seem all to eager to bitch about how bad others drive but maybe you should look a little closer in the mirror. You're kind is a reason New Jersey decided to up the cost of the fines for such douchebaggery.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.s... [nj.com] Lane hogs who clog the left or center lanes instead of using them to pass another vehicle will see fines increase from between $50 and $200 now, to between $100 and $300. The measure calls for $50 from each violation going toward signs reminding motorists who enter New Jersey about the state’s keep-right law.

    Better yet, try driving in the left lane on a road that isnt limited access, a speed limit something around 35mph, and see how many people completely lose their minds despite the fact that what youre doing is entirely legal.

    And no doubt the speed limit will actually be 45. I get stuck behind douchebags like you every morning on my commute to work. They will drive 35 MPH in the left lane in a 45 zone all the way. Invariably. Every... single... day... They will continue this UNTIL the speed limit changes to 35 and then they suddenly will speed up to 45 because there are no more traffic lights. Lucky for me that the road has traffic light coordination so I get to stop at most of the traffic lights, unless I pass them early on.

    And WTF is up with idiots that slow down 10 - 20 MPH at every green light?

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