FlyKly, the firm behind the Smart Wheel we recently reviewed, has unveiled the Smart Ped. The foldable electric-assist kick bike can reach speeds of 16 mph (25 km/h) and has a maximum range of up to 30 miles (50 km) on one charge, depending on how much you kick.
The Smart Ped is a little different from most electric scooters, in that like the Scrooser, there's no throttle or activation button. Instead, its kick-assist technology automatically activates to propel you further when you kick.
Gizmag asked FlyKly how far users could expect the Smart Ped to be propelled per kick and was told that the scooter will roll along for 500 seconds at whatever speed the rider was able to reach with some leg work (up to a maximum speed of 16 mph/25 km/h).
Smart Ped weighs 11 kg (24 lb) and is made primarily from steel. It measures 10 x 135 x 17 cm (41 x 53 x 6.7 in) when in use, and 62 x 78 x 35 cm (24 x 30 x 13 in) when folded.
The scooter's kick assist comes courtesy of an all-in-one electric motor, based on FlyKly's Smart Wheel tech, and a Lithium-ion battery integrated into the rear wheel. Charge time is rated at 3 hours. The wheels are 16-inch and stopping power comes in the form of front and rear V brakes.
Smart Ped will also come bundled with a smartphone app which interacts with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth to track how far you ride, offer stats, and enable an integrated lock.
FlyKly has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the scooter. As of writing, the cheapest pledge point for a Smart Ped is €699 (roughly US$790). If all goes to plan, the firm estimates delivery will start in February, 2016. The standard models are available in black and white, but a special edition comes in an array of colors.
Check out the video below to see the Smart Ped in action.
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