Volkswagen Hover Car is in development stage!
The Volkswagen Hover Car would look like a floating doughnut. It is one of the three concepts to come out of the People’s Car Project, the German company launched in China last year. It was recently shown to the public at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show.
The Hover Car floats about a foot off the ground and seats two. Right now, the hovering bubble car is powered by CGI, but, theoretically, thrusters on the back would provide forward motion. Because of the lack of friction, the Hover Car could be very energy-efficient. It could also turn on a dime.
The Volkswagen Hover Car can also drive itself, because it will already be following a pre determined path.
Volkswagen did not explain how the Hover Car will do anything besides hover. Forward propulsion will probably come from an electric motor.
Volkswagen launched the People’s Car Project to develop a new way to mobilize the population. It was a way for the company to get back to its roots in what it describes as its most important market.
Without electromagnetic roads, the Hover Car is not technically feasible. The point of the People’s Car Project was to engage with Chinese customers. “We are no longer just building cars for, but also with customers and at the same time initiating a national dialog which gives us a deep insight into the design preferences, needs and requirements of Chinese customers,” said Luca de Meo, VW director of marketing.
Other People’s Car Project include the Music Car, which changes its color based on the driver’s choice of music .
Unlike most concept cars, all three People’s Car Project finalists are really just concept. Would a Volkswagen Hover Car actually work? Would it take people long to get used to the idea of floating? The Volkswagen Hover Car definitely stretches the definition of car. It opens up a new range of possibilities and problems to overcome. Is the world ready for the day when wheels become obsolete?