A car prototype can be considered to be the test model of a new car design that is intended to be produced in mass quantity. There is no company that goes out and starts mass production of a new car, without first creating a prototype of it. Before a car is built, it is designed, researched and developed into a car prototype. It is the researchers who conduct consumer surveys and analyze market trends to get an idea of the type of car people want, and then, based on these findings, car designers design drawings of car prototypes. Most of the manufacturers usually start by building a few car prototypes before actually setting up a factory to build the new car.
By subjecting these car prototypes to numerous tests, the car designer gets to see the strengths, weaknesses, mistakes, and limitations in a new car project. By gathering this information, the car designer proceeds to rework the design through the car prototype until the car reaches the objectives of the designer. These car prototypes are the models for future mass-produced cars the manufacturer will be creating, based on the results of the tests on the car prototype. The other day, someone asked me to write some articles on flying cars. Perhaps you are like me, and you grew up assuming that by now flying cars would exist, but they don’t. It appears that we may have flying cars very soon, and by soon I mean 5 to 10 years. You see, there is the new flying car called the Trafalgar which was the brainstorm of an MIT graduate student. The flying car that they are creating will cost $279,000. That’s a little steep, especially for the single mom with the Honda car who would like to fly to work. Why can’t I build a flying car in my garage, pull it out onto the street, and fly away? A flying personal transportation device does not have to be a full-on flying car. It probably wouldn’t be a very good car or a very good airplane, but it would serve an interim purpose.
Further, why can’t I build a box kite because as you know, box kites fly very well, and merely get inside turn on the motor, and fly away? The reality is that a personal flying device such as this type might be a better model. Sometimes, you have to think in the box and outside the box. If we want to have innovation in America, we are going to have to let individuals take risks, and see who comes up with the best idea. I say we let them all try if we want to spur on innovation in America. I hope you will please consider all this and think about it. One invention I had was a prototype of a Perpetual Motion Car. The perpetual motion car was about the size of a GI Joe sitting in a little go-cart with rings around it, where magnets went around the track. On my design, the driver slides his feet and pushes the metal plate forward. The closer he pushes it the faster he goes. The magnets keep spinning against themselves once started, and they spin as they go around. The problem we had was that the weight of the system was more than the magnets we could find to move the GI Joe forward, the darn thing works. It needs more attractions, but the magnets eventually try to come to equilibrium and the whole thing wobbles like the Dickens. In theory, it should work.