"Smart Ped scooter powers the urban commute"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Smart Ped scooter powers the urban commute
I'm riding the Smart Ped Kick Scooter, but I don't have to kick cuz it's got a powered real wheel.
Now there's no throttle on this Smart Ped.
All my speed is controlled by how fast I can kick this up And I don't have to kick very often, because as soon as I get to speed the powered rear wheel takes over and keeps me going and holds a steady speed at however fast I can get it up to.
To stop, I just hit the brakes.
And then I just kick it to get going again, and it holds a steady speed.
With sixteen inch pneumatic tires the ride is also really good.
The Smart Ped has a steel frame, weighs about 25lbs and you can fold down these handlebars to make it portable.
That way you can bring it up to your office or onto public transportation.
But the secret sauce is this rear smart wheel here.
All the electronics are located in this hub.
There's a 250 watt Motor.
There's a 29.6 volt lithium ion battery, it takes about three hours to charge through a little port here, and there's a waterproof hub.
That will get you about 18 to 30 miles, which is more than enough range for a scooter.
And there's a Bluetooth transmitter here, that'll connect to your smart phone.
FlyKly, the company that makes Smart Ped offers an app called This Ride.
You can download that now for iOS or Android.
That'll actually track the routes you use and give you suggestions for better routes.
It'll also show your remaining range.
And it includes an immobilizer, it'll actually lock this rear wheel with a PIN code.
Life fly is offering the smart ped through a kickstarter campaign so you can get this basic model for $800.
Or you can go up to a premium model for $950 that folds in three places making it even more portable and includes lights and a kick stand.
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