29 Jun '16, 5am

Toyota Awarded Patent For 'Stackable Wing' Flying Car - Hybrid Cars News

Toyota Awarded Patent For 'Stackable Wing' Flying Car - Hybrid Cars News

The idea of flying cars was introduced by sci-fi author Jules Verne in 1904, and has adorned numerous covers of Popular Mechanics magazine since 1906. There has been recent development in cars that fly, including a company that Google co-founder Larry Page invested in, but Toyota’s apparent toe-in-the-water raises some questioning eyebrows. The Japanese automaker has recently been awarded a patent it filed back in March 2014 that covers a “stackable wing for an aerocar.” Aerocars are defined as vehicles that may be driven on roads as well as take off, fly, and land as aircraft. The patent illustration presents a body style with a rear end similar to the last generation Prius that has a flexible frame and a rear mounted propeller. Toyota’s stackable wing design does resolve one of the major challenges of flying cars. Rather than wings that fold out from the sides of the veh...

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