Personal transporterThe Segway’s long-awaited children
Sometimes revolutions take a bit longer. In 2001, the Segway Personal Transporter promised a completely new form of mobility. However, since then only around 50,000 of the self-balancing, two-wheeled city rollers that you occasionally bump into transporting tourist groups have been sold. However, with the unchecked growth of metropolises, the concept seems to be becoming more attractive again and the Segway is having children late in life, so to speak. After Toyota brought out a direct Segway competitor with the Wiglet in 2013, Volkswagen is now also launching a convenient electric scooter for the “last mile”.
The next Christmas bestseller?
The VW model may have three wheels, but it is much more compact than its parents. Various fun versions without handles are even being released, such as PhunkeeDuck, Hovertrax or Solowheel, which are poised to be great Christmas bestsellers. However, they also require a certain sense of balance. The same is also likely to apply to the futuristic Lexushover board. It hovers over metallic surfaces using the force of magnets. However, the nitrogen-cooled, superconductivity miracle is currently just a technology study that is not available to buy.