French Inventor Flies Hoverboard Halfway Across English Channel

Last week, French inventor Franky Zapata previewed mobility technology that he claimed would propel him across the English Channel (from France to England) in only 20 minutes. His first formal attempt occurred earlier today. Though Zapata didn’t quite make it all of the way—waves in the channel displaced his refueling station (situated 11 miles from the English city of Dover) by centimeters and he ultimately …

Test Ride: Hoverboard Technologies’ Hoverboard

Riding around on the latest self-balancing, one-wheeled wonder

The market for rechargeable rides seems to be booming as of late, especially in the self-balancing skateboard sector where new options pop up every month or so. We’ve previously covered the Onewheel, which—like its name suggests—is a board that balances itself around a wide, central tire and provides forward or backward propulsion through a gyroscopic motor. A new entrant in the category, Hoverboard Technologies, offers …

Lexus’ Hoverboard Test Ride

A month ago, Lexus unveiled a working hoverboard and many people—still bitter from a past hoverboard prank—were skeptical. The Verge’s Sam Sheffer recently traveled to Cubelles, Spain—where Lexus built a hoverboard-specific skate park—to test it out, and the results are in. While it does actually float above the ground in the way you’d expect, the board needs to ride over a magnetic track in order …