The Toyota Winglet: The New Segway?
Toyota has officially begun public testing of its “Winglet” personal mobility robot, or as we like to call it, a Segway.
The Winglet is more compact and stylish than a Segway, and is able to travel up to 2.5 miles on a single charge at about 3.7 mph. It can be fully charged in an hour and a half and can reach 80 percent in just an hour.
According to Toyota’s release detailing the testing that will run into 2016, “the Winglet, created with the aim of contributing to the development of a society where mobility is safe, freely accessible, and fun, is a next-generation mobility robot that offers users outstanding operability and performance that expands the user’s world, with a compact size and ease of use suited to modern living environments.”
The company also claims that the Toyota Winglet will improve the environment, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to us. At speeds less than 4 mph, the Winglet will essentially offer all the excitement of walking without the exercise, and last time we checked, our feet weren’t giving off CO2.
Either way, it would still be pretty cool to zip around on a device that moves whichever way you lean without any steering. Would you use a Toyota Winglet (cough cough…Segway) to get from A to B?
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