Toyota announced The Winglet - Personal Transporter

Aug 10, 2008
Only a year after taking control of Sony's robotics business, Toyota announced a mechanized vertical scooter. This personal transporter was intended to help people move about in public areas.

It was called the Winglet because of its fleet nature. It is the first gadget to duplicate the celebrated, navigation system of Dean Kamen's Segway Transporter.

However, this scooter is not up to par to the Segway in speed or ruggedness. The new Segway model can go up to 12.5 miles/hour, and the slightness of the Winglet's frame probably wouldn't survive a Police chase.

According to Toyota, they will test three different models at Japanese airports later this year. The feedback received from customers will help determine whether Toyota will mass-market the gadget for sales.


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