Japan’s robot venture Kowa Tmsuk has unveiled its foldable robot scooter controlled by a smart phone at the Tokyo Motor Show, on December 1, 2011. Dubbed Kobot, the three-wheel scooter features collapsible and extensible mechanisms in order to reduce the parking space footprint.
Due to its small dimensions, the electric vehicle has the possibility to be packed in a space of around one square meter.
According to the company, Kobot has a top speed of around 30 kilometers (18 miles) per hour, being perfect for the crowded city streets. “This is a robot you can ride,” said Yoichi Takamoto, the president of Tmsuk.
The driver uses its smart phone to remotely tell the Kobot to fold its rear wheel and seat onto the main body of the vehicle when not in use. Designers also claim this eco-friendly scooter is ideal for cities like Tokyo where parking spots are very hard to find.
Kowa Tmsuk said that the company makes everything possible to have the Kobot scooters ready by the end of next year. “They are unique vehicles designed to be super-small, super-zippy and full of playful spirit,” he claims.