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The WalkCar is a device small and light enough to fit in a laptop bag that can travel at a little over 6 mph for around 7 miles -- with you riding on it. It has no problem braving steep inclines even when carrying a pretty heavy load. You control it by leaning your body from side to side, and if you want to stop, you just step off. The device will cost around $800, if and when it comes to market.
On paper, the WalkCar solves a lot of the problems that held the Segway back -- its price, size, and portability. But at the end of the day, it's still a lot slower than a bike, and bikes already have existing infrastructure in place to support their use. As cool as this device is, we're still not sold on the concept as a form of widespread personal transportation.
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If it could go for more than an hour or two, I'd be more impressed with it. I'm also not impressed with it's ground clearance. Here in the US there really isn't any such thing as smooth sidewalks unless you live in a big city. The towns that do have sidewalks often have them as pitted, cracked up stretches that don't connect to anything. Many of them simply end whenever there's not a building in front of it. So it's use will be fairly limited. Might be great for school campuses or what not, but there's the issue of battery life, and this device may fall under restrictions against skateboards and rollerblades.
i think if it was cheaper ill get one, but not for convenience. maybe ill use it when i have to. Or like a back up, when i get tired from walking but have to go on travelling XD or if you want to travel far and not get too tired XD But, i think its not practical on some countries (like mine) where all the roads are horrible even cars and trucks have a hard time, and a lot might knock you out of your device and ran off with it XD
there is hHUGE reasons to use that over a bike. for one i had bikes and scooters stolen even when i thought they wasn't stealable.
with this compact walk car, i can just put it in my bag take it with me like thing, like it's a folder or a phone. that's the huge appeal is that is saves space big time. for me as a trucker, like, i need to conserve space, i can't take a bicycle with me over the roads when i am teams driver, it's not legal to strap a bicycle to the back of my truck, nor is it safe it can get stolen. but this walk board, i can just take it out of my suit case, and go travel much more than i would if was to walk, in trucking you gotta make every second count many times, and the few hours you are not working you gotta be efficient, and owning one of these may allow me to quicklyy buzz to the near by grocery store with no truck parking from the truck stop as a means of transportation with a smaller compact transporation method, where in my situation a bicycle is not practical.
I think this invention is going to get pretty far in my opinion. Just the fact that it's not breaking any laws when it comes to speed, it's light to carry around, it's not like I'll have to adapt like I had to do with the hover board. I feel like the only downside is the price, I can't tell if it's worth what I'm paying or if the price is ruining it for me. Do I want to spend 1,000 dollars on this invention or do I want to save my money and wait for something better to come out. I don't know, I'll just have to wait to found out. 🤔
I think they will take off. So many people said tablets would not be popular or smart phones with touch screen keyboards would not catch on during Blackberry prime days. This will take off because people want convenience...just looking for the right one at the right price point.
Just saw this one Yahoo Tech page. The price appears to be almost 1300 instead of 800. Even considering that downsides to hoverboards, 1280 bucks is absolutely an ridiculous asking price for this. Maybe people would be coaxed into 300 to 400 dollars. But, who knows.
Nice idea for a new toy but your knock on Segways was dumb. The only reason Segways haven't done better is because a lot of local governments threw up laws concerning them, and others who threw up disparaging ads. I finally rode one at 62 and it was great. I will agree on it being a bit pricey but with a 12 mile range give or take, a perfect local transporter.
its actually coming out in 6 days and costs $298 and it would be great for some disabled people like me except for two massive flaws you start it by standing on it and stop it by jumping off it! that will never work out in crowds or start stop scenarios like shopping or going to the Aquarium etc and it cant handle going over bumps more than 1/2 inch and you know you will always encounter bumps higher than that all the time.....
it has some limited features vs a Pegasus & "hoover-board", both those can spin full 360 without moving, the Walkcar needs to drag up forward while rear steering, the rear steer in high velocity was a safe good idea, but its still under 6mph, consumer would look for more tight maneuvering plus up to 9mph+ speed with longer lasting power, they have a "New Walkcar" has only a slightly bigger longer lasting power at 30-50Km. i would say, both could have added a wired or wireless similarity to a e-power skateboard or the classic Pegasus handle pole/rope.
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i like walk car more than segway, due to the compactness. if they manage to make the walk cars more powerful top speed, and last longer, then it'd beat hoverboard every way possible. other than riding over rough terrain. for me the compactness is the big winner and my priority.
Gisell Rivera Well, there is a stigma surrounding the company ever since their whole explosion fiasco. The company had taken a hit ever since. The walkcar can be carried around in your backpack, while the hover board is a lot heavier.
It seems to me that as long as u may need to build any infrastructure for any of these devices they will have hard time to take off. Plus if it si walking distance, I walk, if it is more I bike... Walk car may be cool for people who have some problem walking, although often older people couple to walking disabilities also some orientation issue.... Nevertheless I think we r getting there....
Personally, I've used skateboards as my mode of transportation, so I really dont see where this is coming from. I'm really on the "if it aint broke dont fix it" kind of train so it makes a ton of sense to me that it wouldn't really work. Also, and this might be me spitballing here... If this is supposed to "revolutionize" the way we travel. How close are we to being on a chair taken everywhere and have everything done for us by robots or mechanical devices? (the big example and movie reference... Wall-e)
I wasnt a huge fan of the segway with the same reason. Human powered transportation has worked for decades, WHY STOP NOW?
+Anon Whitehat I did. Tho I just find it a little much when people are saying that'll revolutionize things. If they lead with "this can assist people with moving heavy objects" instead of "this is gonna revolutionize the way we transport ourselves" I think that can provide WAY more value than being another fancy pocket wheel.
Don't get me wrong, I can see this being helpful to those who need it. I just can't see many people going out of their way to have one of these, again that leads back to my use of "if it ain't broke don't fix it"
The Segway didn't fail. It's alive and well for law enforcement, security, and corporate. The cost is obviously a barrier for many, but another is that successful gliding demands a substantial degree of both body flexibility, and mental alertness. I've been gliding for over a decade and have saved many thousands in NOT owning a second car, as I do most daily local errands on my Segway PT. It doesn't replace walking or driving. It's a reliable personal transportation device which fills the gap between walking range and car driving range. You're never slowed by traffic jams, you never have to hunt for a parking place, you don't need insurance or licenses. It doesn't pollute nearly as much as a car. It's also a lot of fun. It's actually a rather ideal design for an urban lifestyle where there are decent sidewalks, bike paths, and trails, and where most of your destinations are within 3-5 miles away. It costs about 1 cent per mile in electricity, and the batteries last for years. One other factor, though, would be the climate. Its tires need to maintain good traction for the machine to keep you upright. So snow and ice are definite adversaries.
This may not succeed where the Segway failed, but I take it you haven't seen those hoverboards around.... I see at least six a day here in LA, and more YouTube videos on them than I can shake a stick at
call me lazy but I got tird of spending so much time walking everywhere after my bike was stollen. I love hiking, but city streets are not my kind of trail. walking can be fine if it's not your primary form of transportation, or everything is within a mile. When it is 2 miles to the bus stop every day, two miles back and you have to walk an extra mile+ to go from the bus stop to the nearest store before returning home, also a college campus with literal fields between all the buildings, and between the nearest building and the buss stop. around here there are lots of fields leading to lots of thorns so much so the bike shop before closing had a thorn encased in glass with a thank you plaque next to their cash register. Replacing bike inner tubes every 5-8 weeks followed by having to readjust the breaks once the rim was remounted, more then 2 people bycyclists wanting the same buss means one of us is goint to have tro miss work/class or bike the 9 miles in addition to the two we just traveled. the walkar looks like a good replacement to my skateboard since my bike got stolen from the racks. skateboards are small/light enough to carry with you, don't need replacement breaks or inner tubes and therefore don't incur maintenance costs, this is even more portable and therefore possibly more convenient if you enjoy loosing over an hour a day traveling to your destination and wearing out shoes quickly then sure walking can be fine, if you perfer to get there and back again quickly so as to have time for what you enjoy, and instead wear out your hiking boots actually hiking then this is pretty cool.
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