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Walkcar Will Change How You Move

Technology is moving at an alarming right these days, with new inventions constantly arriving on the market and changing the way people live their lives all around the globe. Travel is a particularly hot topic when it comes to new technology, and countless people are looking for the next big mode of transport. Well, one Japanese engineer named Kuniako Saito, along with his expert team of engineering colleagues at the recently-launched Cocoa Motors, might just have developed one of the most fascinating inventions the world has seen in the field of transportation for quite some time. We’re talking about the Walkcar, an incredible new product that could change the way we all move around.

Walkcar is essentially the world’s smallest car and is actually being marketed as a “car in a bag”. It’s about the same size as a laptop and can easily fit into the average backpack or briefcase, making it ideal for students and businessmen. The aluminum-based vehicle weighs just a few kilograms but can support a weight of up to 120kg/265 pounds. It works in a similar way to a Segway, allowing users to stand on top and glide along at a comfortable pace without needing to make any real efforts. The small size and portability of this vehicle make it extremely practical and one can easily imagine city streets being lined with this incredible device in the future. What’s more, this is one car you’ll never need to worry about parking.

In terms of speeds, the Walkcar can drive you along at up to 10km per hour and is fully powered by a lithium battery. A three-hour charge can allow you to travel approximately 12km, which also makes the device perfectly suited to urban environments and students travelling around. In terms of user control, the driver doesn’t need to do a great deal. You simply stand on the device to get it going and step off it to make it stop. For turning, riders only need to shift their weight one way or another and the whole experience is very intuitive and easy to understand.

Saito, the inventor of the Walkcar, hopes that his device will become popular and believes it could be useful to a wide array of users. For example, he imagines the device could even be used by people who push wheelchairs around, easing their workload by providing electrically-powered forward momentum. The Walkcar itself was actually invented in quite a unique way; a friend of Saito challenged the engineering student to develop a portable method of transport and the Walkcar was the result. The vehicle is currently being sold on the famous crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Here, people can donate money towards the production costs of the Walkcar and receive their own vehicle once mass manufacture begins. Saito hopes to release the vehicle next year and we’ll have to see how much of an impact it has. This device is certainly ingenious and could change the way we all move.

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