The Japanese car manufacturer has submitted a patent application for a shape-morphing fuselage for an aero car.
It wants to create “a vehicle that can be both driven on the road in a land mode and takeoff, fly, and land as an aircraft in a flight mode,” according to the application, which Toyota filed in December 2014.
Instead of a typical coup-style or hatchback, the flying car will have a propeller on its back, likely meaning the car will operate with a rear motor.
“Existing aero cars include wings used during the flight mode that are designed to fold against the fuselage in the land mode. Storing wings in such a manner can subject the wings to damage, reduce fuel economy, and limit operator aft and side views in the land mode,” the patent application states.