Researchers at Tel-Aviv University show why quantum levitation could mean the era of levitating cars, and most certainly sooner than later. In a nutshell, “the group coated a thin superconductor layer on a sapphire wafer [and then] penetrated [it with] discrete flux tubes — the superconductor strongly pins these tubes, allowing the wafer to float.” Video after the break,

The coolest part of the demo is when the wafer is set on a track and propelled smoothly around it, floating in midair, while mist trails behind it!

[via Dvice]