Hoverboards are still pretty far in the future, although Lexus has gotten around to teasing us with their first working prototype. We would all love to board such a vehicle at one point and just dash away without having to wait in endless car jams. However, until such a vehicle actually reaches production line, a company from Japan proposes a compromise. Their new device, the WalkCar, is a futuristic skateboard, with the approximate size of a laptop.
The WalkCar is no bigger than a laptop. It works similarly to a Segway, changing direction based on the way you shift your weight. What’s more, it can easily fit inside a backpack or a briefcase. Whenever you need to go a little faster than simply walking, you merely take it out and start using the WalkCar. The little vehicle was developed by Kuniako Saito. It is made of aluminium and powered by lithium batteries.
“I thought, ‘what if we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn’t that mean we’d always have our transportation with us to ride on?'” Saito explained in a recent interview. “[M]y friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems.”
Based on the videos shown with the WalkCar in action, the device can help you climb steep hills and even push another person in a wheelchair. Of course, your balance must be good in order to be able to stand on the tiny platform. The WalkCar is priced at about 100,000 Japanese yen (roughly $800). It will be ready to hit the market in the Spring of 2016.
The WalkCar was developed by the Tokyo based company Cocoa Motors. They are planning on starting a Kickstarter campaign soon to raise funds for their project. Would you like to try this interesting vehicle?
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