Toyota’s luxury car brand Lexus says it has created a prototype that glides frictionlessly just above the ground with technology similar to that used in so-called maglev trains.
A teaser video posted online appears to show the hoverboard floating, although the sequence ends before a skateboarder actually begins to ride it.
While the hoverboard Michael J. Fox’s character rides in “Back To The Future II” floats above anything — except water — the Lexus model requires magnets to be embedded in the ground, limiting its range to special tracks.
The project is “the perfect example of the amazing things that can be achieved when you combine technology, design and imagination,” said Mark Templin, executive vice president at Lexus International.
Testing will take place in Barcelona, Spain “over the coming weeks until summer 2015,” the company said.
A US team last year unveiled what they said was a working hoverboard, funded through the Kickstarter crowdfunding website.
Japan has expertise in magnetic levitation technology, which uses electrically charged magnets to propel vehicles along.
Central Japan Railway is aiming to put a superfast maglev train into operation in 2027.