It isn't just cars that are getting smarter - go-karts are too, thanks to Nest co-founder Tony Fadell's new venture.
Engadget reports that the Actev Motors Arrow Smart-Kart comes with built in GPS and wifi - and a host of sensors built in. This means that parents can use an app on their phone to 'geofence' their kid into a specific area, by preventing the car from working after a defined point. Using the app, they can even bring the car to a stop at the touch of a button. They can even set a top maximum speed, so that kids will have to demonstrate they're responsible before being allowed to really punch it.
It's powered by two independent 250W motors, and also features electronic regenerative braking.
On the inside of the kart itself are a bunch of a collision sensors, which like in a Tesla or other modern cars will bring the vehicle to a stop if it senses it is about to hit something. It can then even send a notification to a parent's phone, so they can run out and check that everyone is still alive.
It isn't all helicopter parenting though: The smart features are also used to enable different games and racing modes on the karts, so kids can compete with their friends. Of course - they and their friends will have to have some fairly wealthy parents, as it looks set to start from $1000 (£684) - or just $600 (£410) if they pre-order - and this doesn't even include a bodykit.
Now how about inventing a version for adults, and making it socially acceptable to ride a go-kart to work? [Engadget]