Toyota tests Winglet e-scooter

July 31, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The Segway PT, a scooter with two side-by-side wheels, has gained significant awareness. Now it looks like it gets competition from the Far East: Toyota is testing a very similar electric vehicle.

In an extensive field trial in the Tsukuba Mobility Robot Experimental Zone, Toyota currently tests prototypes of its "Winglet" scooter. Employees of Japan's National Institute for Applied Labour sciences and Technologies as well as local administration staff utilize the Winglet for their daily way to work. They explore how the two-wheeled battery-operated scooter harmonizes with pedestrians and other traffic participants. Besides on safety, the tester take a close look on comfort and functionality with respect to the demand for sustainable mobility.

Announced for the first time already in August 2008 the Winglet is designed as a safe and simple transport means. It is driven by a locally emission-free electric motor; the driver stands on a footboard. The driver can steer the vehicle simply by shifting his weight. A gyro sensor continuously monitors the driver's movements and controls the vehicle's position accordingly.

Click here to watch a video that showing how the Winglet can be used: