Will Governments Ever Allow The Use of electric hoverboards on main roads in the future
|Will Governments Ever Allow The Use of electric hoverboards on main roads in the future|
Last Christmas, the star under the tree was unquestionably the hoverboard, a kind of board motorized wheels. Since then, the success of electric vehicle invaded the sidewalks, roads and schoolyards. Lightweight and quiet, this vehicle has become the new way "fun" to get around the city.
A four wheel electric scooter named iCarbot
The hoverboard was then the newest member of a family of devices called Segways which already has various models, with one or two wheels, with or without handlebars. And this family just got bigger with the arrival of a new offspring one daredevil strand: the One Wheel. A rather sporty version and all-terrain. Besides the success they meet all these vehicles unfortunately have something else in common: they have the ban on driving on public roads.
"We inform buyers of the law. But the goal is not that people drive on the road with One Wheel, it's not interesting, "says Andre Simone, Backside Shop in Morges, which markets the new model. Moreover, the shop organizes outings for clients to become familiar with this new machine. They take place in the forest and on the Vita Parcours ..
Produced by the California firm Future Motion, motorized skateboard that has a large tire. One puts the feet on the board on either side of the wheel and the vehicle is controlled by moving the weight of his body. The One Wheel is considered a winter sport, because you stand aside and not to face. "It's like snowboarding in the forest".
The store hesitate to approve the new Segways for the road. An option since they are equipped with headlights and can perform emergency braking. "But what worth is to ride in the field," adds the seller, for whom the Wheel One is a sport and not a means of locomotion.
Official site of F-wheel
Unapproved gyropodes of drivers (those who have no handlebars, such as monoroues, hoverboards, and e-SmartWheel skateboards) cannot go or on sidewalks or on the road. Police in eastern Lausanne confirms that these vehicles can only be used on private property. It also encourages the shops selling these devices to inform their clients of such restrictions, even if they are not legally required.
The police, however, ensures that it remains flexible and does not hunt for children on the way to school. "But those who behave dangerously are warned," said an officer. And after two warnings, that is the penalty. And it can be severe.
That's what happened to a teenager on the Riviera in May. This 15 year old was arrested on an unlicensed electric skateboard and without a license, as revealed in 20 minutes. The mishap it will cost 400 francs and auto Department delayed six months getting his learner's permit. But according to the cantonal police, this case seems to be the only one identified to date on the Vaud territory.
Entered the market in 2001, the Segway is now no longer considered a gadget. Approved and used by companies or police officers, it has also become a fun way to see a city. Many are offering tours by Segway. In Switzerland, Mobileo Company operates in several cities and offers different routes accompanied by a guide. Silent and emission-free, the Segway allows you to walk without tiring. To visit Lausanne, three tours are offered to tourists, in groups of at least four people. These tours offer the opportunity to discover the attractions differently. A 30-minute initiation is scheduled to take over the vehicle and the route varies from 1h30 to 3 hours. The tower "Universities" takes tourists on the campus of the universities and near the banks of the lake. The route "The two towers" will be an opportunity to leave the Chateau d'Ouchy and go to the Château Saint-Maire, on the hill of the city. Finally, "Walk in Pully" will travel the streets and the city harbor. In return, the route passes by the piers of Ouchy, the Denantou Park and the Olympic Museum.