It's not a skateboard, and it's not a Segway, it's somewhat a combination of the two. Looking to be the most compact means of getting around town, the WalkCar is thin and small enough to fit inside a tote bag. This new invention is the brainchild of 26 year old engineer, Kuniako Saito. Working alongside his team at the Tokyo-based company, Cocoa Motors, to create this new means of transportation that could possibly replace the new, smaller versions of the Segway.
Running on a lithium-ion battery, and crafted out of sturdy aluminum, this new device is strikingly similar to a macbook with four wheels attached to it. Weighing in at 4.4 to 6.6 pounds (depending on whether it's the indoor, or outdoor model) the WalkCar can carry up to 265 pounds. Additionally, it can also gain enough momentum to push heavier objects such as wheelchairs or shopping carts, allowing you to zip through errands faster than before.
Another great feature it has, which will separate it from the Segway, is the fact that you will not need to maintain your balance, as the WalkCar has four wheels, providing the user with its own form of stability. Along with this, users can get up to speeds of 6.2 miles per hour, and can also travel a distance of 7.4 miles on just a three-hour charge. Furthermore, operating it is completely foolproof, as it will move forward once you put both feet on its surface, and comes to a stop once you get off. While turning is done by simply shifting your weight in the direction you'd like to go.
The WalkCar will be available for pre-order this coming October, and depending on the success of the Kickstarter campaign Cocoa Motors has started, this device could be rolling out as soon as Spring of 2016, at a price tag of $800.
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