Four-Wheeled Personal Rover: A Segway For Cheapskates

By Andrew Liszewski on at

I still think the Segway has a lot of potential, but not until it reaches a reasonable price point. So in the interim, this Personal Rover could fill the gap, providing similar functionality at a fraction of the cost.

Riding it looks like a cross between skateboarding and cross-country skiing, since steering the four-wheeled non-balancing rover is accomplished by leaning left or right while holding a couple of poles.

As far as form factor goes, its large rubber tires and boxy frame don't have the same visual appeal as the futuristic-looking Segway. But it will also cost you only around £660 odd, compared to the Segway's £3000+ price tag. The Personal Rover's 800W electric motor will propel a rider up to 15mph for as far as 12 miles on a single charge, while the whole package folds up for easy storage in a garage or boot of a car. But because it has a limited turning radius, don't expect to see obnoxious Personal Rover polo clubs popping up. (Probably a good thing.) [Personal Rover via CNet]