By now you must have seen a lot of #BackToTheFuture posts on social media and probably wondering, “did i miss something?”.

October 21, 2015 is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived from the past after travelling to the future in the 1989 film Back to the Future II. In the first film, the actors traveled back in time from 1985 to 1955. The second film predicted what the world would look like in 2015 and that is the reason for the many BTTF posts today.

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” That was Doc implying that 2015 had flying cars and roads were not really necessary. Unfortunately, we are yet to see any flying cars in production. Concepts are there, including the Terrafugia TF-X, Moller Sky-Car and the French project Xplorair PX200.

So, were the predictions right? Well, most of them are now real while others are still ‘concepts’. To us, the most important invention is the DeLorean DMC 12 car from the movie which was shown as a flying time machine car.

DeLorean DMC 12 Flying Car
DeLorean DMC 12 Flying Car from Back to the Future II

Flying cars were depicted even before the BTTF movie, with Henry Ford revealing the first experiment in 1926. He was quoted in 1940 saying. “Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.”

Nevertheless, let’s give the movie the credits it deserves. Quite a number of inventions were predicted right and are in actual use in today’s world. The predictions include video chats, flat-screen TVs, hands free video games and green cars. The concept of hoverboards is debatable and Lexus has already proven that it’s possible.

Lexus Hoverboard
Lexus Hoverboard

As for the flying cars, i’d say we still have a long way to go – let’s first deal with the driverless cars which seem to be the in thing for most car manufacturers right now.

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