Guess Which Car Company Just Created a Hoverboard

Jun 25, 2015 at 11:13 am |

Are hoverboards real?

Channel your inner Marty McFly and embrace the future, because Lexus just dropped a teaser video for their latest creation: a hoverboard.

The announcement comes in the form of a very Californian trailer that shows one skater’s transition from a skateboard to the hoverboard, the futuristic technology we’ve always dreamed about (largely in part thanks to Back to the Future II). So much more than a luxury vehicle company, Lexus’ new invention, called SLIDE, is a part of their “Amazing in Motion” series that focuses on technological innovation.

From what I can tell so far, unlike the Hendo Hoverboard that had a decent buzz about it a while back, the SLIDE has a super sleek, modern design and operates by using superconductors and permanent magnets that are kept cold by liquid nitrogen; hence, the eerie mist leaking from the board.

The biggest issue? The LexusHover only operates in controlled environments at this point. The most likely cause that I can think of off the top of my head is that naturally magnetic surfaces on the Earth won’t be safe or conducive for a magnetically-propelled board. There’s no telling how long it will be before we actually see this baby on the market, or how much it will cost.

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