Sep 2, 2008
Winglet - Is this the end for the taxi and local transport industry?
Toyota just unveiled the Toyota Winglet on August 1, 2008, which is a self-balancing two-wheeled scooter. It is quite similar to the Segway but the maximum speed is only 3.7 miles per hour as compared to the 12.5 mph of the Segway. The Segway did not really picked up because of the hefty price tag, but if Toyota have its way, it will also conquer the world market similar to the way that their passenger cars did. Ask anyone in the world and only an alien would not have heard of Toyota.
For the Winglet, it is not known when it will be available on a commercial basis but keep your fingers crossed. Japanese companies have a way of pricing them reasonable cheap just to make it vastly available. In Fall 2009, Toyota will begin testing the devices on a larger scale in a Japanese airport and a seaside resort.
You can read more about it at Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,396261,00.html