Getting around is about to look a lot different. Kuniako Saito, a Japanese engineer, and his team at Cocoa Motors, have created a laptop-sized personal vehicle that weighs less than seven pounds. The device, dubbed the ‘WalkCar’, is described as a ‘car in a bag’ because it can easily carried around.
It’s sort of like a small, four-wheeled electric skateboard meets a Segway.
The device is powered by lithium batteries and comes in both indoor and outdoor models. It only weighs between 2 to 3 kg (4.4 to 6.6 pounds) depending on the model, but can carry a person of up to 120 kg (265 pounds), according to a Reuters report.
Riders steer the WalkCar by shifting their weight from side-to-side in the direction they want to go. It can reach speeds up to 10 km per hour (6.2 miles per hour) and has a range of about 11.2 km (7 miles) after it’s been charged for about 3 hours, according to the report.
Cocoa Motors plans to begin pre-orders in October via a Kickstarter campaign.
While it’s no hoverboard, it still looks pretty cool and easy to ride. Check out video below to see the vehicle in action.
Originally posted: Japanese engineers have created the world’s first ‘car in a bag’