The WalkCar will automatically start moving when a rider steps on, and stops as soon as it detects the rider has disembarked. Turning is accomplished simply by shifting weight to the side, a bit like a Segway.
Saito says the WalkCar is better for short trips in an urban setting because there’s no need to find a parking space or a safe place to lock up a bike. When the WalkCar is not in use, you can drop it into a backpack and carry it with you. The range is about 7.4 miles right now, and it takes three hours to fully charge the WalkCar.
Saito plans to launch a Kickstarter for the WalkCar this fall so people can reserve the fancy motorized skateboard. The asking price will probably be in the neighborhood of $800. The team expects to be shipping to consumers by spring of 2016. Hopefully they can deliver. Unlike a lot of hardware Kickstarters, Cocoa Motors seems to actually have a fully functional device.