When I was 9 years old, a neighbor asked if I wanted to drive his new sit-on lawn mower. I accepted with all the eagerness of a small child getting his hands on a large piece of machinery, and duly crashed it into the nearest fence. Seven years later, I tried riding a friend’s moped near a public tennis court. No matter how much I argued, I couldn’t pass off a wayward tennis ball as a valid reason for flopping fish-like onto the floor halfway through my first turn.
But thankfully nobody was hurt, not even myself. By the end of the short demo, I was even weaving precariously between pedestrians, with the likelihood of smashing painfully into the back of their ankles barely registering in the back of my mind. The Immotor GO is part of a wave of personal mobility devices hitting the market. The ultimate aim of these mini-vehicles is to provide both an entertaining ride for the adventurous type, while suiting the more everyday needs of a city commuter. The older, considerably less cool, grandparent of these devices is the Segway, and the Immotor GO is certainly far enough removed from its distant relative to remain fashionable, and yet at the same time it’s a lot more practical.
One of the key attributes of the scooter is its portability. You can easily fold it up and carry it anywhere. You certainly wouldn’t become ‘that person taking up all the space’ on the subway, and it’s light enough to make carrying it around relatively simple.
When riding the scooter, your feet are effectively on a skateboard, with your body faced sideways, and your hands gripping the handlebars. The digital accelerator and brake control are located under your right and left hands, and they’re very easy to use. At top speed the device reaches 16 miles per hour, and the batteries (which are easily switched) have a range of 16 miles.
The scooter’s aerodynamic design also features LED headlights, and a horn which can be programmed to make different noises. The latter feature may sound inconsequential, until your scooter is barking at passers-by as you drive by them. Not that you need the bark to get people’s attention, the Immotor GO already attracts enough eyeballs as you zoom down the street. During my short test run, several people stopped me to ask what it was, what it did, how much it cost, and where they could get one.
The scooter also features a cruise control option, meaning you can either ride along at a consistent speed, or hop off and have the scooter move alongside you carrying groceries, sort of like an ultra-cool robot shopping cart.
Riding the scooter is an extremely smooth experience, and even the clumsiest people, myself included, would struggle to fall off without trying. When you get up to higher speeds the Immotor GO can be steered by shifting your weight on the board rather than turning the handlebars.
The accompanying app is extremely easy to use and has some great features. You can lock and unlock your scooter, set the max speed, change the aforementioned horn, locate your scooter if you lose it, and even set a radius in which it will work, meaning it will shut off if the person you lent it to wanders too far away.
The Immotor GO is being officially launched on Amazon today, just in time for Prime Day, and shoppers will be able to get their hands on the scooter for 20 percent off.