A graduate engineering student and his team at Cocoa Motors in Japan unveiled a personal transporter called the “WalkCar”. The invention resembles a skateboard and weighs between 4.4 to 6.6 lbs (2-3 kg). The WalkCar was invented as a portable, personal transportation system.
“I thought, what if we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn’t that mean we’d always have our transportation with us to ride on? and my friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems,” explains 26 year old inventor Kuniako Saito.
The WalkCar is made of aluminum and powered by a lithium battery. The personal transporter has a top speed of 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles per hour) and can travel to a distance of 12 kilometers (7.3 miles) after three hours of charging.
The WalkCar is easy to use: The rider stands on the platform and the WalkCar starts automatically, to turn or change directions the rider needs only shift his weight, and to stop, simply step off the platform. The best part? When you reach your destination, just place the laptop sized WalkCar in your bag!