If you've always wanted a smaller, lighter and cheaper Segway, then you're going to love Inmotion SCV (sensor controlled vehicle). A Segway starts at a little over $5,000. The Inmotion SCV costs $2,499.
Created by the company of the same name (Inmotion), the Inmotion SCV is very much a mini Segway. The sporty and aggressive two-wheeled vehicle has tinier vacuum wheels, an extendable handle rod, some sweet LED tail lights, and only weighs 35 pounds. It can carry a person with a weight of up to 264 pounds and zip along at a maximum speed of nine miles per hour, which is pretty good for something so compact.
To move forward, you lean forward and to move backwards, you lean backwards. Turning left and right is controlled by turning the handlebar. It's really quite simple and its takes all but five seconds to learn how to drive it. First, grab the handles, then put one foot on the Inmotion SCV and look forward. Then, put your other foot on the SCV and you're magically not falling down. I was able to get the hang of it instantly.
The key to successfully steering the Inmotion SCV is a psychological one. You need to relax your body, since being all stiffed up only makes you panic and think you'll fall down. It's easy to speed along, bang into something, and then fall down from the crash, but if you're standing on it, you'll stay nicely balanced.
What surprised me the most in my test drive was just how quiet the Inmotion SCV was during movement; it operates at 60dB, which means you can easily sneak up on people with it.
The rechargeable battery takes around 3.5 hours to fully charge up and lasts around 10-18 miles according to company reps; good enough for doing some quick errands around the neighborhood. Although we didn't get to test it (there are no inclines in a Las Vegas ballroom), the company says it has a max climbing angle of 15 degrees.
An included smart key that easily detaches from the center of the handlebars also has a display to show battery power and acceleration. A smartphone app can also be used to remotely control the Inmotion SCV, which is pretty sick.
After trying it out, I think the Inmotion SCV is a winner. It could stand to be cheaper, but when it's half the price of a Segway and breaks down so you can toss a few of these in the car trunk (you know, for city tours or something), I can't really complain. Innmotion is selling the the Inmotion SCV at the end of March.
In the meantime, take a look at the video above (I apologize for the the terrible audio in advance) and gallery shots below.
Via Inmotion SCV
Posted on location at CES 2014. All photos taken by Raymond Wong for DVICE.