A new compact personal transporting device raises attention, but is the WalkCar real?
26-year-old Japanese Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors developed what appears to be a breakthrough in personal transport. The WalkCar is a compact board powered by an electric motor. The board can reach 6.2mph (10km/h) and carry 120kg. The video of the WalkCar looks impressive.
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The board weighs about 5 pounds and fits easily into a laptop-sized pocket. The WalkCar makers managed to get the attention of Reuters, which gives the inventors wide attention right now.
"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?" and my friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems," he told Reuters.
Mr. Saito is very confident that his personal transport device will be more successful than the Segway. The company will start a Kickstarter project in October for the WalkCar and delivery is expected in 2016 with a $800 price-tag.
There is no information about the battery life of the WalkCar, which raises a big red flag. The video of the WalkCar shows that the board is strong enough to push a wheel chair, but for how long? The video does not give a clear look at the design and where the batteries are integrated. At this stage the WalkCar also appears to be a hand made prototype.
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People who would like to support the WalkCar should especially pay attention to the battery life.