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Beth Stackpole
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Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
Beth Stackpole   6/8/2012 7:08:41 AM
Wow, this is a pretty incredible concept car. It's actually so far out there, it makes me wonder how real the actual concept is and how much special effects come into play. I just can't get my head around the science of enabling a vehicle to do that. Interaction with underground minerals just doesn't seem like enough of an explaination.

naperlou
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Re: Now we've truly reached the Jetsons stage
naperlou   6/8/2012 9:01:20 AM
NO RATINGS
Beth, I think that the car interacts with a cable in the ground that creates the magnetic field needed.  This is just like the maglev train.  It is a nice idea, but the cost of putting all that power in the ground is prohibitive.

warren@fourward.com
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Hover car
warren@fourward.com   6/8/2012 9:45:10 AM
Considering that we were all supposed to have flying cars by 1990, I like the new ideas that bring us closer to just beaming us places!  It is time that the design process changes.  We are working on better mileage and fancy electronics, but all cars look alike in their class, not like the 50s and 60s where there were defining features. 

I would like to see defining features such as the hover car, gyro controlled one or two wheeler, or the ultimate- the flying car.  After all, this is the 21st century for heaven's sake!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hover car
Rob Spiegel   6/8/2012 11:39:02 AM
I love the idea of the hover car. I always figured it would come eventually. But what would that mean in managing traffic in the air? There is also the gimmick aspect. Remember those amphibian cars? Cool idea, not particularly practical.

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.

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.

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?

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 ?

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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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.

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