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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.

Tim
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
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.   

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.

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?

 

GlennA
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
GlennA   6/8/2012 4:29:54 PM
Charles Murray;  I guess I'm in good company then.  The posts I read seemed to take the video at face value as real.  When the car 'levitated' I was sure it was fake.

Charles Murray
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Re: Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
Charles Murray   6/8/2012 4:01:23 PM
I'm afraid you'll have to count me as one of the non-believers, GlennA. The video refers to it reacting with "minerals" in the ground, which I don't understand. Maglev trains use the concept of the linear stator, and I suppose there could be a linear stator buried beneath the street along the course that it travels. But that, too, seems unlikely to me. Linear stators, like those used on the maglev trains in Germany, cost a ton of money to install. And even if they did use a linear stator, the air gap is still way too big. And what forces are they using to balance it (laterally)? This is really far-fetched, and there's just not enough information here for me to buy it. Count me as a non-believer.  

GlennA
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Actual Concept Car or Computer Generated / Animation ?
GlennA   6/8/2012 2:46:34 PM
How many people believe this is actual footage of a concept car, vs. a computer generated fantasy of a concept car ?

Sylvie Barak
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
Sylvie Barak   6/8/2012 12:15:14 PM
What if they just figured out a way to make all tarmac magnetic? or put the magnetic rails ON the tarmac, instead of digging up the roads?

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Hover car
Ann R. Thryft   6/8/2012 11:54:52 AM
This is great! Thanks for reporting on this. I also remember all those predictions in the 1960s about having flying cars by 2000. Now we just have to figure out traffic control. I hope it's more intelligent than the mess shown in, for example, The Fifth Element.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
Beth Stackpole   6/8/2012 11:42:27 AM
That makes much more sense, but even with that, it's still somewhat surreal. I hear what you're saying about the cost of laying all that cable infrastructure down. It seems that infrastructure cost goes hand in hand, though, with any of these new alternative technologies. Infrastructure costs for laying some sort of power cable for this concept car, battery charging station infrastructure for pure EV technology, and whatever is required for the autonomous vehicles that Chuck is writing about. Somehow for all this innovation to take place, there has to be monies to fund wholesale infrastructure development--all at a time, when we can't find monies to fund existing infrastructure like bridges and highway systems.

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