Though motorised vehicles like the Segway provide a great solution for personal mobility, they are usually too large and heavy to be carried from one place to another. Here’s something that is smaller, lighter and looks pretty much like a Macbook Air on wheels; the WalkCar.
Invented by the geniuses at Cocoa Motors, the WalkCar is deemed as the world’s first “car in a bag” thanks to its svelte profile that’s not much bigger than an average laptop.
It’s made of aluminium with four wheels attached and can be stowed in a backpack when not in use. It weighs a mere two to three kilograms, depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.
The WalkCar is powered by plain ol’ lithium ion batteries that provide enough juice for a top speed of 10 km/h. The batteries can be fully charged in three hours via USB, giving it a decent range of 12 km.
Don’t let the slim profile fool you, as the WalkCar has a payload of up to 120 kg and enough power to go up an incline. Steering is done by shifting your weight towards the direction desired, whether forward, left or right. To stop, simply step off it.
The WalkCar is expected to be on the market by October this year, with an interesting price tag of 100,000 yen or about RM3,180.