If you asked a guy in the 1960s what he thought we'd be driving today, he'd probably think about what he'd seen in a popular TV science-fiction show of the time and say "a hover car."
But 1960s guy would probably be a little disappointed that what people are actually driving are cars that look a bit like his mid-60s Mustang but a thousand pounds heavier. MUST SEE: Tree Crushes Million-Dollar Toyota 2000GT
Somewhere inside Toyota there's a team of engineers who still have that 1960s innocence, as Toyota managing officer Hiroyoshi Yoshiki has just revealed the company is working on a real-life hover car, or at least investigating the potential.
According to The Verge (via Jalopnik), the project is underway at one of Toyota's "most advanced" research and development areas.
Unfortunately, we're not going to have something approximating the Jetsons' car, nor even Luke Skywalker's speeder any time soon. The car won't so much be hovering in free space as "a little bit away" from the road. This is more likely to mean microns than inches, but the aim is to reduce road friction.