What’s a WalkCar? Well, it has four small wheels, an aluminium main body, and can be carried in a bag when not in use. VentureBeat has reported that the skateboard introduced by Cocoa Motors can travel up to 6.2 miles per hour for a maximum of 7.4 km. It needs three hours to charge.
At first glance, it just seems to be a kind of electric skateboard. What is the big deal?
Watching the WalkCar go reveals a device that is capable of powering up steep hills, pull another person in a wheelchair and even make its way around in a fast-paced obstacle course. The only flaw of WalkCar seems to be the loud sound the engine makes when it is running.
The inventor, Kuniako Saito, has explained to Reuters that he hopes that his invention will help to display Japan’s engineering prowess on the global stage.
And while the WalkCar’s small wheels seem a little delicate, the demonstration video shows the device navigating its way over bumps in the road, with a little difficulty.
Powered by a lithium battery, the small motorized device will be available to pre-order in October for approximately $800 USD. Deliveries are not expected until 2016.
The WalkCar is certainly not your typical skateboard. It is about the size of a normal laptop, and can fit within your bag. Once again, the Japanese have introduced a product that no-one knew they needed, but in fact they did.
The WalkCar is said to be very easy to use. Reportedly, you can guide it by moving around your weight, like on a skateboard. It will start to move when you stand on it, and stop as you step off.