Toyota submits patent application for retractable wings of flying car

Article by Christian A., on December 18, 2015

Toyota could be on its way to building a flying car. This comes as the Japanese carmaker has filed a patent application for a stackable wing system that could pave way to the creation of a flying car. Toyota's wings differ from most flying car designs, which typically have heavy folding wings that compromise a vehicle's width as well as visibility during driving mode.

Toyota's design entails mounting several narrow wings on the vehicle's roof to prevent them from protruding beyond the sides of its body and to make them deployable as needed. The patent filing included an example of a four-wing design, each featuring a solid top and a morphing bottom section that enables them to be closely stacked when not deployed.

Moreover, the filing suggests that all four wings are needed to generate enough lift for takeoff, while only two are required to keep the vehicle aloft at cruising speed.

However, the sketch of the vehicle’s fuselage was intentionally made vague and generic, while the description covers nearly any type of power source or driven wheel combination, while airborne propulsion could be provided by a variety of rear-mounted thrust propulsion systems.

Toyota remarked that the patents applied for represent the "brainpower, innovation, diligence and passion" of its engineers and researchers. Interpreted otherwise, the statement means a Toyota flying car would not be offered to the public in the near future.

Topics: toyota, patents

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