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Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off

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ihioma
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
ihioma   6/8/2012 7:37:01 PM
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The Hover Car is short in physics but rich in animation. What kind of energy (force) did they use to lift the car so high and balance and still accelerate I must be in the dream land!

Can WV answer these questions?

 

mrdon
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
mrdon   6/10/2012 1:00:47 AM
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Charles, I'm with you. I find it hard to believe this car can be levitated based on underground minerals. What type of minerals would have the right permeability to allow this car to float in the air as well as propel itself? Just based on fact that underground minerals would need to be availabe for proper car operation makes the concept not practical. I give VW an A+ for good imagination. I'm just not feeling it.

Tim
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Tim   6/10/2012 8:16:30 PM
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Charles, I agree with you.  The video may be legitimate, but it seems a little too good to be true.  It is amazing how Chendu in China has the unique minerals that allow the car to float.  If you float out of town, would your car grind to a halt.   

TJ McDermott
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
TJ McDermott   6/11/2012 12:43:49 AM
If you look very close, you can see Christopher Lloyd in the background, furiously taking notes.

The attention to detail for the animation was terrific.  Shadows, and a can or paper cup being shoved aside by the repulsors, were visible throughout.

gsmith120
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
gsmith120   6/11/2012 5:41:29 AM
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Ditto to Charles and Tim's comments.  Let's say for the sake of argument, it is true then this car would only work in places that had the unique minerals. 

I like the idea of the car since and the video it gives the impression that it is so easy to drive that you can just get in and go without any training. lol

EricMJones
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
EricMJones   6/11/2012 9:12:30 AM
I don't think Design News should publish things like this. Too many gullible people. Look how long Moller lasted. It wasn't the technical guys who shut him down, it was the SEC and Isaac Newton.

btwolfe
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
btwolfe   6/11/2012 9:24:10 AM
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This is all marketing hype and no real technology. Not something DesignNews should be reporting on. I'm starting to wonder how many of these "design news" articles aren't just advertisements presented with an engineering flavor to dupe us into reading them. How many more articles on 3D printing and Indy "tech" are there?

ironhorse
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ironhorse   6/11/2012 9:28:36 AM
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Knowing a little German history, I had to snort a little at the project's name, "Peoples Car".

Hover Cars for the proletariat?   

daveladd
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
daveladd   6/11/2012 9:31:42 AM
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The idea of personal magnetically levitated hovercraft doesn't seem very practical.  The greater the air-gap, the less efficient.  Further, and probably of greater significance, the energy required to support the weight of the craft, in comparison to a wheel/bearing/axle suspended system (which would also be capable of use off the grid) seems wasteful.  Maglev trains require a lot of precision alignment and maintenance but the high cost is offset by the utilization density.

jljarvis
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
jljarvis   6/11/2012 9:32:50 AM
Beth...

This is a work of fiction, not a real vehicle.  Although, yes, it IS a concept.

Is it really ZERO EMISSIONS?   No.  That's either a lie by someone who knows better, or the ignorant utterance of an advertising wonk.  The power has to come from somewhere, and wherever it's sourced, there are emissions. 

Will it really just run on the roads in Chungdu?   Canal water!   The density of heavy metals cannot be high enough to enable this... besides which, the riches in exotic materials in the Chungdu area of Sechzuan are in mines, not on the surface. 

There ARE maglev vehicles... trains above rails, in fact... and to have maglev cars, we'd have to have special roadways built.

But I have to hand it to Vee Dub... they've managed to prove PT Barnum right:

There's a sucker born every minute!

 

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