28 Jun '16, 7am

Toyota patent for shapeshifting flying car revealed

Toyota patent for shapeshifting flying car revealed

Toyota’s idea for a flying vehicle goes beyond fixed wings or even ones that retract to the side of its body; in this patent filed back in December 2014, but just published this month by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the vehicle in Toyota’s patent hides its wings within its fuselage when retracted. For that to work, the flexible wings are housed in the rear portion of the vehicle, covered by movable panels. These panels open and close in a gullwing door type of manner, hinged at the vehicle’s roof. The wings can then fold or unfurl once the movable panel make way for the wings. It also appears in the patent drawings that parts of the fuselage can be altered by telescopic struts, possibly to adapt to airflow characteristics when in flight. There was no mention of the type of engine the car will use, but the diagrams show a rear-mounted propeller for propuls...

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