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Segway to develop a steerable go-kart

Segway are reportedly developing a steerable go-kart.

The two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporter has been around since 2001, but has received criticism in the past for being dangerous, as models such as the miniPro - which don't have handles to help keep balance - resulted in several people suffering nasty accidents in falling off of the devices.

However, parent company Ninebot are now reportedly working on a kit which can turn the miniPro model into a steerable go-kart, which eliminates the risk of falling and makes the device much more fun to try out.

Promotional images of a Ninebot-branded Segway go-kart were posted on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo last week, which the official Segway Weibo also shared to their own account.

The kit appears to add a seat, steering wheel, frame, pedals, and a set of front wheels, with the Segway miniPro itself being used as the rear wheels and drivetrain.

According to Gizmodo, the kit could also come complete with electric brakes and a front bumper for improved safety, those these additions have not yet been confirmed for the device.

Segway first revealed the miniPro in 2016, 15 years after the devices first hit the market, but it now seems they're exploring different ways to get people enjoying the electronic transportation devices.

According to a report by Abacus News, the Segway go-kart kit is believed to be launching as soon as July 24, although no official sources have confirmed that release date.

As of the time of writing, there's no pricing information for the go-kart kit, but a standard Segway miniPro costs $1,000.

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