Combine the maneuverability of a skateboard with the sleek and portable design of a modern laptop, and you may be close to the world’s first portable transporter. According to a Reuters report, a twenty-six-year-old Japanese designer has just unveiled the WalkCar, a device that moves like a Segway but looks more like an average bathroom scale with wheels.
Engineering student Kuniako Saito and his team of engineers at Cocoa Motors recently announced the invention of the WalkCar, which runs on a lithium battery. The vehicle is made up of an aluminum frame and weighs between 4.4 to 6.6 pounds.
The WalkCar comes in an indoor version and an outdoor version, and Saito expects many other uses for the transporter to emerge. For instance, the engineer could envision the device helping push people in wheelchairs or carrying heavy loads.
The lightweight aluminum platform is quite strong for its appearance, and can carry a load of up to 265 pounds. It can reach a speed of 6.2 miles per hour and travel up to 7.4 miles after charging for just three hours. Saito was a student in electric car motor systems, and his training led him to the idea for the new vehicle.
The WalkCar is also very simple to use. The vehicle begins moving as soon as a person stands on it, and stops when the passenger steps off. Riders can change direction simply by shifting their weight.
And the best part? You don’t have to worry about finding a parking space. The WalkCar fits neatly into a bag and can be carried anywhere. Saito says that customers interested in the WalkCar will be able to reserve one this fall on his Kickstarter page. The first models will run for about $800 and will ship by next spring.