RoboScooter: Not your father's Vespa

Learn about the next-generation electric two-wheeler that's being worked on by folks at the MIT Media Lab.

The techno-academic types at the MIT Media Lab are tinkering away at an all-electric two-wheeler that's meant to be smarter than your average scooter. Well, the wheels, at least, would be smarter about things like braking and shock absorption, but backers say the really bright ideas are in the RoboScooter's minimalist design, with just one-tenth the number of parts cluttering up the assembly line compared with what's needed for a traditional internal combustion vehicle. The lessons learned here could also provide direction for electric four-wheeler projects like the group's City Car.

Read more at Popular Mechanics: "With Electric Scooter, MIT Hopes To Rev Up Practical Transport"

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Jonathan Skillings is managing editor of CNET News, based in the Boston bureau. He's been with CNET since 2000, after a decade in tech journalism at the IDG News Service, PC Week, and an AS/400 magazine. He's also been a soldier and a schoolteacher, and will always be a die-hard fan of jazz, the brassier the better.

 

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