Hyundai’s latest idea for improving personal mobility goes beyond cars. It’s called the Personal Electric Scooter, and is stored inside your boot.
The idea is to use the scooter –which has a range of about 12 miles, can top 12mph and weighs 7.7kg – for ‘last mile commuting’.
It’s a development of a similar idea that Hyundai debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show two years ago. Since then, the scooter has become rear-wheel drive for added safety, and gained front suspension for added comfort. What could add even more range (seven percent) is the addition of regenerative braking, although that isn’t ready yet.
Hyundai has its reasons for investigating last-mile commuting. Research by McKinsey and Company showed the market in the USA, Europe and China is expected to grow to over 400 trillion pounds by 2030. Yes, you read that right.
You simply park your Hyundai up on the outskirts of the city and ride your scooter the rest of the way.
“This is the vehicle-mounted personal scooter that could be featured in future Hyundai Motor Group vehicles,” said DongJin Hyun, head of Hyundai Motor Group robotics team.
“We want to make our customers’ lives as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our personal electric scooter makes first- and last-mile commuting a joy, while helping to reduce congestion and emissions in city centres.”