What looks like a 13-inch four-wheeled laptop computer, and can be ridden like a Segway? That's not a joke – the answer is, the WalkCar. When we first heard about the unlikely little prototype vehicle last year, there was talk of a Kickstarter campaign slated to begin that October. Although that apparently never materialized, WalkCar manufacturer Cocoa Motors has now announced that it will begin taking preorders directly later this month.
Using the WalkCar looks simple enough.
You just stand on it to make it go, shifting your weight to either side to turn, and stepping off the back to stop. The carbon fiber-bodied 2.8-kg (6.2-lb) device now has a claimed top speed of 16 km/h (10 mph), which is up a bit from the previously-reported 10 km/h. A full charge of its battery is said to be good for approximately one hour of use.
Cocoa Motors says that it will begin taking preorders on Oct. 21st at 1pm Japan time, and that the vehicle will cost US$1,280. Shipping should start next September, to 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Europe.
In the meantime, you can see the WalkCar in action, in the new video below.
Source: Cocoa Motors
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