Marty McFly’s iconic hoverboard from Back to the Future may be available to own in real life. Kind of.
Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, has built a working hoverboard in Japan. Sure, it’s not pink, but it’s still pretty awesome. The board uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets – which is based off the same technology a Japanese railway company used to develop a magnetic-levitating train.
The board is not for sale yet and still being tweaked. Toyota is also developing a flying car that incorprates some of the same technology. Bloomberg.com reported the following from Toyota:
“It’s very confidential information but we have been studying the flying car in our most advanced R&D area,” Hiroyoshi Yoshiki, a managing officer in Toyota’s Technical Administration Group, said in June 2014 at the Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit in Sausalito, California. “Flying car means the car is just a little bit away from the road, so it doesn’t have any friction or resistance from the road.”
Lexus will release more information down the road — specifically on Oct. 21, 2015, whic is the day Doc, Marty and Jennifer went back to the future.