If you live in a city, you probably don’t want to own a car. Storing a giant steel box of air on wheels that explodes repeatedly is more than a little expensive, especially as you live closer to cities that have high rent and painful parking. But as bad as we have it, the Japanese have it worse, and one engineer has had enough.

Walk, Don’t Run

The WalkCar is essentially a motorized dolly. You put it on the ground, step on it, and it starts rolling. Need to turn? Shift your weight towards where you want to go. Need to stop? Just step off of it. And it can carry nearly 300 pounds, or even push a wheelchair. The WalkCar actually has decent range for something you can tuck into your backpack; up to seven miles on three hours’ charge, and it can go up to 6 miles an hour. OK, so that’s not going to tear up the sidewalks, and it’s basically a brisk run in terms of speed. But still, if you need to get around, that’s not bad for something you can keep handy.

Step To It

That said, one aspect may give you pause: This will be available on Kickstarter for $800, which isn’t exactly budget friendly, especially if you might be considering getting a bicycle. Really, a bike might be cheaper and just as fast… albeit much more bulky. But if you need something to get around and you just need to put something in a backpack, the WalkCar might be a good option.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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