Hoverboards? Not quite – personal ‘foot cars’ to make debut in Japan

We put a man on the moon 50 years ago – but the question remains; where the hell are the hoverboards and robot butlers? One Japanese inventor has got us a little bit closer to the dream.

Japanese Walk Car

Untested on the cobbled streets of Norwich

26 year old Japanese engineer Kuniako Saito has invented what he is calling the “WalkCar”, a personal transport device the size of the laptop with style of a skateboard and the ease of an electric wheelchair.

The WalkCar can reach top speeds of 6.2mph, carry up to 120kg (18.8 stone) and go just over 7 miles on 3 hour charge.

Saito explains that the WalkCar is easy to ride; you just stand on it and comes to life with the shifting of weight to control your direction.

This landmark technology ensures that people will now be able to get from A to B burning absolutely minimal calories – a great step forward for our species which has been battling the effects of getting too much exercise for decades.

It assumed that Kuniako will be producing “heavyweight” versions of the WalkCar as its frequent users rocket towards the maximum 18 stone weight limit for for the standard model.

Mr. Saito told Reuters:

“I thought, “what if we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn’t that mean we’d always have our transportation with us to ride on?” and my friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems”

If you’d like to get in early, the project is going live on Kickstarter this Autumn and you’ll be able to reserve your very on WalkCar for a princely sum of £500.


This is what the future promised us.

On a personal level, I’ve always had my heart set on a hoverboard after seeing Marty McFly show us how it’s done. I will however consider investing in a WalkCar, if nothing else – it will eliminate a lot of the effort of walking to the gym.