As if airports aren’t filled with people rushing everywhere to catch their flights. A new U.S. startup is turning the airports to a racing track.
Modobag’s creation is a motorized carry-on luggage that can be mounted and ridden like a go-kart. The device reaches speeds of up to 15 kilometers per hour and can travel up to 10 kilos on a full battery charge.
Modobag is currently making its final lap around Kickstarter, where it has reached a little over 10 percent of its $160,000 goal with just a few days to spare.
The device is the brainchild of Chicago inventor Kevin O’Donnell, who describes his discovery:
“Why can’t we ride our luggage and get to where we’re going faster with less stress?”
If the idea of cutting through the crowds on a motorized box doesn’t necessarily sound stress relieving, just take a look at the company’s promo video, where riders smile as they pull sharp turns and then, upon boarding, stow their baggage seamlessly overhead.
In a bid that could encourage riders to consult their smartphones while driving, Modobag has also launched an accompanying app that monitors battery life and speed. The device, which weighs 12 kilos empty and is TSA compliant, according to Modobag, also features GPS tracking and two USB ports for charging electronic devices.
O’Donnell has brought his vision to life alongside Boyd Bruner, a college friend and competitive motorcyclist.
Two models are currently available. For $999, Kickstarter donors receive a standard Modobag, which accommodates riders up to 200 pounds. A Modobag Max, priced at $1,299, accommodates riders up to 260 pounds.
Imagine riding the bag with your girlfriend and hoarding through the airport. How fun is that?