The Arrow Smart Kart is like a Tesla for five to nine year olds.
Kids of yesterday, prepare to be envious. If you thought your Power Wheels were awesome, wait until you see this smart, electric go-kart from Silicon Valley-based startup Actev Motors.
The Arrow Smart Kart may look like an ordinary Formula1-inspired toy vehicle, but it’s anything but. This set of wheels is both GPS and Wi-Fi-enabled allowing for direct pairing with an accompanying smartphone app, with which parents can set a maximum speed and define a safe driving area. As a chid’s skills increase, so can the top speed (up to 12 mph).
The Arrow Smart Kart not only puts supervision at a parent’s fingertips, but features an emergency stop button as well as front and rear collision avoidance. What’s more, an adjustable inactivity timer helps keep tabs on the well-being of children that are out of sight, and the kart can be remotely disabled in the event of an emergency.
The Arrow Smart Kart is geared towards kids ages five to nine, although don’t be surprised to find some adults under the 200-pound weight limit trying to squeeze into its seat. Children can even personalize their driving experience by downloading synthesized engine sounds from an online library. The Arrow app lets kids monitor stats such as total driving time, total distance and maximum speed.
On a full charge, the car will run for anywhere from 30 minutes to a full hour, depending on where and how fast the kart is being driven. The Arrow Smart Kart is equipped with a pair of 250W motors powered by a 2,000 mAh lithium-ion battery pack. A double-capacity 4,000 mAh battery is also optional, which charges in as few as three hours with the quick charger.
In the coming months, a growing list of accessories will become available for the Arrow Smart Kart, including custom body kits, drifting wheel rings, a F1-like steering wheel, distance-sensing ‘smart cones,’ laser tag sensors and gaming apps, to name just a few.
Ready to make the neighborhood kids jealous? The Arrow Smart Kart is now available for pre-order and is priced at $599.95. Delivery is slated for Summer 2016.