HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Video: Hover Car Concept Lifts Off

View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/6  >  >>
ihioma
User Rank
Iron
Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
ihioma   6/8/2012 7:37:01 PM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Gold
Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
mrdon   6/10/2012 1:00:47 AM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
Tim   6/10/2012 8:16:30 PM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Blogger
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
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
gsmith120   6/11/2012 5:41:29 AM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Gold
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
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
btwolfe   6/11/2012 9:24:10 AM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Iron
Kraft durch Freude
ironhorse   6/11/2012 9:28:36 AM
NO RATINGS
Knowing a little German history, I had to snort a little at the project's name, "Peoples Car".

Hover Cars for the proletariat?   

daveladd
User Rank
Iron
Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
daveladd   6/11/2012 9:31:42 AM
NO RATINGS
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
User Rank
Gold
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!

 

<<  <  Page 2/6  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
It's been two years since the Mac Mini's last appearance on iFixit's teardown table, but a newly revised version joins Apple's lineup this week.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Design News Webinar Series
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 20 - 24, How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Stratasys
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Next Class: 11/11-11/13 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service