Toyota considering flying car? Patents show stackable wing system

September 10, 2015

Toyota might be planning a flying car, if a recent patent application is anything to go by. The application was lodged at the US Patent and Trademark office in 2014, outlining an ambitious stackable wing system for a motor vehicle.

Toyota flying car patent

Generations of projections and prophecies which anticipated we’d all be in flying cars by now have turned out to be wide of the mark.

Many have tried, or are indeed still trying to realise that dream. Ideas like the Moller Skycar and Terrafugia have come close. When auto giant Toyota decides to file patents for a flying car design, perhaps it’s not such a far-fetched fantasy after all.

US Patent Office application #2015046720 describes a “stackable wing for an aerocar”, which an accompanying image of a long-wheelbase streamlined car with what appears to be a raiseable multi-wing mechanism of some description.

Granted, patents are no guarantee of success or implementation, but given Toyota’s experimental and pioneering efforts in hybrids and fuel cells, who knows.

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Mitchell is a contributing journalist at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.