Abstract: I created a video detailing the theories behind creating a maglev car. More specifically, the levitation part of the car. I begun the project with no other motivation other than because flying cars are cool, defying gravity is cool, and who doesn’t like hover cars? Over the course of my research though, I started getting invested into the project since I was a tad skeptical going into the project as well. (I mean…cool idea on paper, can’t be possible right?) But I found that the technology is probably closer to us than we realise, the problem is implementation. My main finding and realisation from the project is that most, if not all of the technology we need to create cities like we see in science fiction already exists to some degree. The major reason why they’re not available commercially is because of the layers of bureaucratic and economic barriers in the way. It was a bit of a brutal strike when I realised that no country can magnitise every single road in a single city by themselves and that probably means we won’t see hovering cars in our lifetime.
Challenges: There were several, although none from the lack of research. I had as many articles and papers to choose from as there are ideas of hover cars (and there were hundreds). The issue as I had detailed before was my lack of scientific knowledge on such matters. Then, after I had bothered to actually spend several afternoons looking at formulas and theories I came to understand that if it took me over 20 hours to understand, I probably can’t and won’t be able to explain it well enough over a six minute video. Also, considering that my targeted audience is going to be students around my age with the same very general amount of knowledge to physics as I have, I realise that they’re not going to want to know the numbers behind making a car fly (drag force and fluid calculation is horrible), they just want to know (like I did in the beginning), can we make it happen, and when. So, my project, inserted below goes only into the general idea and gives a brief overview on all the possibilities.