Lexus’ latest release isn’t a car — it’s a hoverboard

Lexus’ latest release isn’t a car — it’s a hoverboard

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Text: Denise Kok

Image: Lexus

Back to the future

Forget electric unicycles and segways. Hoverboards are set to change the way we think about personal transportation. For one, they're no longer just a defining icon of Back to the Future; Lexus has turned a cinematic CGI into a real working model of a hoverboard.

The Japanese luxury automobile brand has even dedicated a microsite to it. Dubbed SLIDE, the hoverboard uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to lift the device off the ground. It's Japanese innovation at its best, one that has been kept under wraps for the past 18 months. Needless to say, Lexus isn't going to push out a technological marvel without beautifying it first. To that end, SLIDE takes its design cues from Lexus vehicles, ranging from materials used in the cars to the iconic Lexus spindle grille shape.

Lexus Slide

Unfortunately, these prototypes are not for sale. But now that the seeds of the future have been planted, we might very well see levitating cars in time to come.