Toyota Announces Smaller, Hipper Segway

<p>The 'Winglet' is a new, Segway-like vehicle in development by Toyota. The video shows the Winglet in action.</p>
August 2, 2008, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Toyota Motor Corp has announced that it is developing the Winglet, 'a personal transport assistance robot ridden in a standing position.' Unlike the very similar Segway, it will come in three sizes that, like T-shirts, are labelled S, M and L. The press release at akihabaranews.com has a table with pictures and dimensions.

It says:'The Winglet -- still being refined -- is one of TMC's people-assisting Toyota Partner Robots. Designed to contribute to society by helping people enjoy a safe and fully mobile life, the Winglet is a compact next-generation everyday transport tool that offers advanced ease of use and expands the user's range of mobility.'

The systems will be tested before Toyota decides whether or not to commercialise the device."

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Published on Friday, August 1, 2008 in The Guardian U.K.
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