Last year Volkswagen launched the People’s Car Project to get the public’s ideas on the vehicles they are looking for. Over 119,000 ideas were submitted to the project from 33 million visitors in about 11 months. From the diverse ideas Volkswagen chose to develop three as concept vehicles, including the “Hover Car”, the “Music Car” and the “Smart Key”.
The “Hover Car” was suggested by Wang Jia from Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Using electromagnetic levitation the “Hover Car” is a zero-emissions vehicle that seats two. Hovering just above the ground it is capable of moving left or right, forward or backward.
From the Environment News Service:
“The creative ideas from the People’s Car Project give us a valuable insight into the wishes of Chinese drivers,” said Simon Loasby, head of design at Volkswagen Group China.
“The trend is towards safe cars that can easily navigate overcrowded roads and have a personal, emotional and exciting design,” he said. The music car expresses the wish of many Chinese for individual automotive design. Equipped with organic light emitting diodes, the exterior color of the vehicle changes with the driver’s choice of music. The car becomes a means of self-expression and a fashion statement for young drivers.
Due to high demand and “the exceptionally good quality of the contributions,” Volkswagen says the People’s Car Project, which was originally scheduled to run for one year, has been extended indefinitely.
The smaller footprint the “Hover Car” provides will be a wonderful addition to busy cities around the World, if Volkswagen chooses to mass produce this vehicle. Even though it looks like it belongs in the future, the technology is available today and the People’s Car Project shows that people are looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional cars and transportation. The use of electromagnetic levitation is sure to impress if you were seen driving this “futuristic” vehicle around town.
Image: Wang Jia’s parents try out the Volkswagen Hover Car concept (image from video)