This balancing act will amaze your friends when you call your motorbike or scooter and it automatically comes to you from its parking space.
That’s a vision of the future from Indian company Liger Mobility who have developed a prototype self-balancing scooter that comes when you call it.
It basically uses voice activation like Siri and it self-balances via gyroscopes controlled by microprocessors.
It’s not dissimilar to self-balancing prototypes already developed by Honda, BMW and Yamaha.
However, this scooter goes further with the ability to come when called.
Apart from the carpark scenario, we can also see that this could be convenient for ageing riders or women riding in high heels who don’t want to get them dirty.
However, the Bombay start-up’s claims that it will somehow be safer seem spurious.
We’re not sure of the statistics, but we couldn’t imagine too many deaths from parking incidents or falling over when coming to a stop.
The balancing act a novel display and makes a great video, but surely the extra weight and expense of gyroscopes won’t make these self-balancing scooters and motorcycles commercially viable.
Liger Mobility think it will and say it will only increase the cost of an electric or petrol-powered scooter by 10%.
That’s 10% many might prefer to spend on protective clothing!