Toyota's new 2-wheeler made for airports, malls

TOKYO — Toyota has developed a Segway look-alike designed to help people scoot around at malls and airports.

The ”Winglet,“ shown Friday in Tokyo, is targeted to seniors, but there are no plans yet to turn it into a commercial product.

The automaker will start testing the two-wheeler this year at an airport and resort complex and next year at a shopping mall, all in Japan, to get user feedback. Overseas test plans are undecided.

The Winglet goes up to 3.7 mph, about the same speed as pedestrians, far slower than 12.5-mph Segway, which costs $5,000. The Winglet can go about 3 miles before needing to be recharged.

Associated Press