How many of you are familiar with Toyota’s Camatte concept that is touted as kids’ toy? Ever since it was unveiled, we have secretly hoped – in fact all the geeks around the world did – and prayed for it to become a reality. Enter The Arrow Smart-Kart by Actev Motors that has us in awe. What you’re looking at is a vehicle for the young lot that they can customize and drive and in case you’re a parent, you will get the peace of mind you’ve always wanted thanks to the emergency controls and monitoring capabilities that are provided via the accompanying smartphone app.
Definitely one of the coolest toys ever, the Silicon Valley – developed Smart-Kart has taken the design page out race cars’ book and incorporated technology from smart cars to create an ultimate mix that gives you a futuristic alternative to the traditional go-kart. It has been designed for kids that are aged 5-9 years.
It depends on a pair of lithium-ion powered and mounted at rear 250-watt electric motors. This pair of motors can provide enough power for the car to be driven at 19km/h, however, this can only happen if the parent allows it. The smartphone app that accompanies with the Smart-Kart connects to the vehicle via Wi-Fi and allows the parent to implement the intensive-supervision. Parents can select the top speed, trigger an emergency stop, and carry out shifting between park, drive, neutral and reverse while also being able to create a geo-fence that ensures that the vehicle stays within the specified area.
The app also logs data such as driving time, maximum speed and distance while also features a safety measure that alerts the parent if the kart has been inactive for a specified period. The app is also capable of saving various driver profiles thus allowing each driver to save their personal settings and keep a track of statistics as well.
The Smart-Kart comes with an anti-collision sensor along with auto-braking system thus saving young drivers from getting into an accident. Although it sounds like that the Smart-Kart features more options for parents than it does for the driver but that isn’t true. Let’s look into the options that the driver will have access to. Actev has plans of adding various accessories such as custom body kits, drifting kits, downloadable engine sounds, Laser Tag sensors and gaming apps to allow the kids to have some fun with the car. They can even alter Smart-Kart’s appearance and driving experience.
It sports a steel chassis, a seat with dual speakers, Wi-Fi and GPS, pneumatic tires, indicator light for driving/reverse/braking, regenerative braking and adjustable accelerator and brake pedals. The basic version of the kart weighs in at 33kg. The Arrow Smart-Kart is currently on display at the New York Toy Fair and can be pre-ordered for $599.95 – minus the red body panels that are priced at $99.95 with the kit. The deliveries have been planned for Northern Hemisphere summer time.