Last year, Volkswagen China began its People's Car Project, which gathered crowdsourced concepts for future VWs. Among the three concepts chosen from the submissions – the Music Car, a Beetle wrapped in LEDs that change colors to match the driver's choice of music; the Smart Key that can track the status of your car; and a a zero-emissions, two-seat Hover Car – it was the latter that earned a four-minute video showcasing its imagined technology.

The video posted below is the same one that was released three months ago, but it's now been subtitled so that we can actually follow what's happening. Turns out it doesn't feature the woman who designed the Hover Car, Wang Jia, but her parents, who take their daughter's creation for a spin around Chengdu. We're disappointed that they didn't stop for kung-fu tea. Scroll down to have a look for yourselves.



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      DB
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is clearly poke fun at GM's EN-V concept. If GM thinks its going to build a crash-free, auto-drive podcar with two wheels, VW will build one with no wheels. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUFlubAG8ag
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like something that Apple would design. Imaginary or not - I WANT ONE!!!!!!
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      2:00, the mag-lev knocks that soda can out of the way... great little detail.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      The most fake thing about that video was that the Chinese couple didn't crash into anything.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Concept)
      Stef
      • 2 Years Ago
      to henryhbk, it would just tip over dumbass. it wouldnt ******* fly hundreds of feet into a mall.
      Chris Moody
      • 1 Year Ago
      to all of you who don't believe the technology isn't there... your wrong! All it takes is magnetic force, Super charged magnets that are cooled with liquid nitrogen makes a super magnet that can technically be pushed by the earth's magnetic field. So seeing that this technology is actually out there shows that the concept of a hovering car is not that unrealistic. This isn't the 70's anymore this is 2013. Welcome to the future
        Silicon Valley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris Moody
        It's called a superconductor, and it's ridiculously expensive, (the exact opposite of what VW wants for this car lol.)
        Im_a_real_boy
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Chris Moody

        yay... why don't you hop on your unicorn now and show everybody how it's done.  That technology ISN'T HERE.  It doesn't mean that it won't be sometime in the near future, but levitating a little featherweight model is one thing... levitating a car sized module with two humans weighing 300 lbs in it,  is a whole other matter.   You can be a dreamer all you want, but as an engineer who deals with this pesky thing called "reality",  I can tell you that no,  we don't have it figured out yet ok?  so now hop back on your unicorn and go have dinner with Michael Moore,  but do us a favor and let real engineers deal with reality.


        Im_a_real_boy
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Chris Moody

        yay... why don't you hop on your unicorn now and show everybody how it's done.  That technology ISN'T HERE.  It doesn't mean that it won't be sometime in the near future, but levitating a little featherweight model is one thing... levitating a car sized module with two humans weighing 300 lbs in it,  is a whole other matter.   You can be a dreamer all you want, but as an engineer who deals with this pesky thing called "reality",  I can tell you that no,  we don't have it figured out yet ok?  so now hop back on your unicorn and go have dinner with Michael Moore,  but do us a favor and let real engineers deal with reality.


      Jaybird248
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, Luke Skywalker had one of these back in 1977, and they used the same movie trick...wiping the support underneath off the image with the computer...to do this as they did in Star Wars.
      EvoVIII
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, I guess that's one step closer to bringing those flying bubbles with laser turrets that COBRA rode around in G.I. Joe.
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