Which came first…the Segway or the Egg? For those of you who delighted on the introduction of “The Segway” which never truly caught on for those not on government payrolls, you may be equally curious about Hyundai’s latest concept: “The E4U” which could stand for one or all of the following: Egg, Evolution, Electricity & Eco-friendliness.
Hyundai’s engineers unveiled a moveable egg concept that promises speeds faster than a Segway, and a strange helmet that makes you look far cooler than any skateboarder could ever dream. The result of an annual invention contest among Hyundai engineers in South Korea, the odd-egg was designed as a potential future of personal mobility: It can travel up to speeds just shy of 20 mph, weighs 176 lbs. and boasts a 24V battery attached to a 500W electric motor.
The E4U stands on semispherical balls in which the steering is controlled with an abundance of tilting, pivoting, and other unnatural behaviors required to induce motion. I’m not exactly sold on this making mobility easier, as it seems to require a lot of physical work just to get the ball rolling but it’s still a very promising concept. Check it out for yourself :