WalkCar Propels Cocoa Motors Into The Personal Transportation Business

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Is WalkCar the future of personal transportation?

Is WalkCar the future of personal transportation?

Truly Personal, Portable Transportation

WalkCar, a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’.

Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered “WalkCar” transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car. The WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.

It reaches top speeds of 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles per hour), for distances of up to 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) after three hours of charging. Best of all, there is no need to find a parking space, because it fits into a small bag when not in use.

Saito says customers will be able to reserve their own WalkCars from autumn 2015 on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. The futuristic skateboard will have a price-tag of around 100,000 Japanese Yen (approx.  $800 USD). Shipping is expected to begin by spring 2016.

Watch the WalkCar video.

Levitating skateboard from Back to the Future resembles the WalkCar

Levitating skateboard from Back to the Future resembles the WalkCar

Back to the Future?

The WalkCar looks eerily like the levitating skateboard in the movie Back to the Future II. Surprisingly, it’s not the only hoverboard being introduced in 2015. Car maker, Lexus, is showing a prototype under the brand name SLIDE. The gravity-defying board is made possible with magnetic levitation, using nitrogen cooled superconductors, according to Lexus’s website. It is designed to utilize materials familiar to users of Lexus products, such as those that the car brand’s interiors are often built with, including bamboo.

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