the future

Austria Legalizes Future Hoverboards

Photo: Universal Studios

Austrian regulators have decided to legally clear the way for hoverboards. Today happens to be October 21, 2015, the day Marty and Doc time-traveled to in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II.

On Tuesday, the country’s Transport Ministry announced that hoverboards should be treated as “small off-road vehicles” and could be used “anywhere a skateboard is,” so long as it doesn’t “endanger passers-by or motor traffic.”

Though hoverboards haven’t become commercially available yet, several firms have produced hoverboard prototypes similar to Marty McFly’s rocket-propelled board from the film. 

These are very different from the two-wheeled faux hoverboards that Justin Bieber scoots around on sometimes.

Vulture also took a look at where the rest of the Back to the Future technology is in real-life 2015.