Move over cars, the Swegway is here. Or it would be if it wasn't illegal
It’s not quite a hoverboard, but it’s close enough. If only the pesky police hadn’t banned it, we could all be living happily in the future
It was 21 October 2015, in Back to the Future II, that Marty arrived in the future, dressed in smart grey booties and using a hoverboard. “Roads,” said Doc, “where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” This is technically true of the real hoverboard, in the real 2015, but we do – if we’re going to hover convincingly – need a magnetised floor.
Not for the Swegway, though, the self-balancing scootery-board item that the police announced this week was no longer legal to ride, except on private property. Swegways have been a byword for being a prat since Gob got one in Arrested Development. This doesn’t stop people from wanting one. Indeed, it only seems to encourage them. Spymaster in Portman Square was one of the first shops to sell them. Julia Wing, 47, says they’ve sold thousands. She actually closes her eyes for dramatic effect, as if envisaging the hoards of e-board-buyers all wanting one at once. “We’ll get a customer who’ll come in and get 30. The majority of our customers are overseas. It’s not unusual for someone to want not just one.”
Source: Guardian Transport