Well, the cat’s out of the bag. Toyota may be working on a flying car. Not too long ago, the automaker filed a patent for wing system that could lead to future flight.
The application, published in the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, covers a “stackable wing for an aero-car,” according to Bloomberg. The idea, on paper anyway, is to mount four narrow wings to the top of a car, not the sides, and them deploy them when it’s time to take flight. They’d become more aerodynamic and while four would be needed to lift-off, only two would be needed to keep cruising above ground.
The dream of a flying car has spurred inventors and entrepreneurs for decades, but their immense technical complexity has thwarted any from becoming commercially viable. Among those still pursuing them is Vernon Porter, who began working on a concept of a flying car with lifelong friend Clarence Kissell nearly a decade ago. Porter is displaying a functioning concept of the vehicle, but has not flown it.
When it comes down to it, Toyota seems serious about this kind of futuristic development. After all, its Lexus brand recently built a hoverboard.