Cities are getting more and more crowded. Navigating the streets with a car or even a motorbike takes time and patience we quickly run out of. We feel the need to have other ways of transport at our disposal. Instead of our bulky cars, we find ourselves in need of compact ways of transport that can help us navigate the urban jungle with ease. One such vehicle is Moto Pogo, a one-wheeled scooter designed by Montreal-based entrepreneur Carl Dagenais.
Moto Pogo resembles a one-wheeled motorcycle. In order to move forward, users have to lean their body forward. To slow down, they have to lean back. In order to make sure the rider remains centered atop the wheel, Moto Pogo uses gyroscopic sensors and accelerometers. When the center of mass shifts, the vehicle subtly adjusted the speed in order to compensate.
The one-wheeled scooter comes with a 500-watt brushless hub motor that is powered by a 60-volt 10-amp lithium battery. Thanks to it, the scooter manages to reach a maximum speed of 25 km/h (16 mph). A fully charged battery will allow you to travel about 30 km (19 miles). The battery can be fully charged in about three to five hours.
“Most people can learn to ride the Moto Pogo in a few minutes. That’s because controlling a Moto Pogo is so intuitive. Powerful sensors and sophisticated algorithms are constantly helping you balance and control your ride with just the forward or backward lean of your body,” wrote the designer of the Moto Pogo on his kickstarter page.
If the fundraising campaign works according to plan, a pledge of CAD$2,200 (about US$1,790) will be get you a Moto Pogo. Once it reaches production stage, the retail price for the one-wheeled scooter will be about CAD$2,500 (around US$2,035). Would you like to drive it one day?
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