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Cocoa Motors finally releases laptop-sized Walkcar electric ride

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The ride platform is about the same size as a 13-inch laptop and sensors up top allow the user to control the Walkcar by shifting weight
The ride platform is about the same size as a 13-inch laptop and sensors up top allow the user to control the Walkcar by shifting weight
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The ride platform is about the same size as a 13-inch laptop and sensors up top allow the user to control the Walkcar by shifting weight
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The ride platform is about the same size as a 13-inch laptop and sensors up top allow the user to control the Walkcar by shifting weight
The Walkcar can roll at 16 km/h for 5 km per charge, or 10 km/h for 7 km
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The Walkcar can roll at 16 km/h for 5 km per charge, or 10 km/h for 7 km
The Walkcar weighs 2.9 kg
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The Walkcar weighs 2.9 kg
The Walkcar can handle inclines of 10 degrees
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The Walkcar can handle inclines of 10 degrees
The Walkcar can be carried in a bag or backpack between rides
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The Walkcar can be carried in a bag or backpack between rides
Charging the Li-ion battery from a mains outlet takes 60 minutes
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Charging the Li-ion battery from a mains outlet takes 60 minutes
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It's been five years in the making, but the Walkcar from Cocoa Motors is finally up for pre-sale in Japan. The portable electric riding platform is kind of like an electric skateboard but with a deck about the size of a 13-inch laptop.

The overall look of the Walkcar hasn't changed too much since 2015, and much of the time since has been spent developing and tweaking the motor. There are now two drive modes – Sport has a top speed of 16 km/h (10 mph) for a reported per charge range of 5 km (3.1 mi), while Normal will get you to 10 km/h (6.2 mph) for 7 km (4.3 mi). And you'll be able to tackle inclines of 10 degrees too.

The platform is fashioned from carbon fiber and aircraft-grade aluminum, is 215 mm long and 346 mm wide (8.5 x 13.6 in) and is said to feature a self-healing paint finish to keep scratches to a minimum. The user rides 74 mm (3 in) above the ground. And the whole shebang weighs in at 2.9 kg (6.4 lb).

The Walkcar can handle inclines of 10 degrees
The Walkcar can handle inclines of 10 degrees

Two locked wheels in the front are driven by the electric motors, while two unlocked trolley-like wheels to the rear allow for turning. Four sensors are embedded into the upper platform, allowing the rider to control the Walkcar by shifting weight – leaning forward to move off and accelerate, back to slow down and to the sides for direction changes. There's an auto stop function too, that sees the platform come to a halt when its sensors detect the rider stepping off.

The Walkcar looks to be easier to master than a Solowheel, and not as cumbersome to carry as an electric kickscooter. Hopefully it will also prove better at tackling small stones or twigs than rollerskates (quads). It's up for pre-sale now for ¥198,000 (about US$1,840, though it's currently available in Japan only). The video below shows the board in action.

【6月9日発売】WALKCAR ウォーカー | COCOA MOTORS.株式会社

Source: Cocoa Motors

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4 comments
guzmanchinky
Well, I mean, it looks really cool, but that's a really small range, but it's also much smaller than even a Boosted Mini, so it's very much a niche device. I'm just not sure how I feel about something that you stand forward on like that, it's almost like the hoverboards where if you bailed you bailed HARD...
Derek Howe
Very cool, looks like a lot of fun. But the price...ouch. But I'm not their market, clearly this is for big cities, for people who use public transport, and this helps you get to and from the train, subway, bus.
ppeter
In my opinion, this is actually quite usefull. Not on it's own, but combined with public transport. It will likely compete with folding bicycles, the kind that folds down very fast to a quite small package.
Nelson Hyde Chick
I wonder how much higher things like this will push the obesity rate up due to people not walking?