Toyota has come up with a vertical, mechanized scooter (or Personal Transporter, PT) intended to help people move about in public areas.
Called the Winglet because of its fleet nature, it is the first gadget to duplicate the celebrated, and lets be honest, often mocked navigation system of Dean Kamen’s Segway Transporter: self-balancing through gyroscopic sensors detecting the gentle directional tilts of a rider.
However, this personal scooter is probably not up to par to the Segway in speed or ruggedness. The newest Segway model can go up to 12.5 miles per hour (versus the Winglet’s 3.7 MPH).
Looking at the pictures though, I have to wonder about the slightness of the Winglet’s frame; while it looks to support the svelte models demoing the device just fine, the most recent Gallup Poll results show that the average American man weighs in at 191 pounds, and the average American woman weighs in at 159 pounds.