Segways can transform into go-karts -- with this new kit from Xiaomi partner Ninebot
And it's rumored to be heading for the US
Got a Segway but run out of fun things to do with it?
Well, now you can live out all your Mario Kart fantasies in real life, thanks to a new kit that Segway’s owner Ninebot teased on Chinese microblog Weibo.
As you can see in the pictures, it retrofits a Segway scooter with rear wheels. It also adds a chassis, as well as a front bumper and steering wheel.
According to Chinese-language media, the kit will also come with electric brakes and run-flat tires. Both the seat and steering wheel can be adjusted to the driver's height.
And it seems like fans in the US won’t miss out. Reports say the Ninebot Go-kart Kit could be launched in Los Angeles on July 24.
Segway was bought in 2015 by Ninebot, one of more than a hundred Chinese startups backed by Xiaomi to produce a range of goods, forming what it calls an “ecosystem”.
If the Go-kart Kit proves successful among consumers, it could be quite a turnaround for the Segway brand -- which is now associated more closely with mall security guards and city tours than personal users.
It doesn’t help that there have been a number of high-profile accidents involving the Segway, including when former US President George W Bush fell off the device in 2003.
There have been tragic examples too: An investor in the company died after driving a Segway off a cliff in 2010.