Aug 8, 2015

Japanese company develops 'WalkCar' pocket-sized personal transporter

Japanese company Cocoa Motors has developed what it calls the world’s first ‘car in a bag’.

WalkCar (ウォーカー), a lithium battery-powered personal transporter, is small enough to be carried in a backpack and looks more like a rectangular skateboard rather than a car. It’s made of aluminum, can take loads up to 120 kilograms, and weighs between 2 and 3 kilograms, depending on whether it’s an indoor or outdoor version.

To prove we’re not making this up, watch WalkCar in action:

After a three hour charge, the electric vehicle can reach top speeds of 10 km/h (6.2 mph) for distances up to 12 kilometers (7.4 miles). To change direction into which it’s moving, the rider simply shifts their weight.

The company will start taking reservations for WalkCars from autumn 2015 on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter. It will cost about 100,000 Yen (735 EUR or $800). Shipping is expected to start by spring 2016.

There’s only one thing missing! Remember Back to the Future? When Michael J. Fox teleports himself to 2015, he zooms around on a flying skateboard. The WalkCar got here just in time, it’s just too bad it can’t fly (yet).

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