Xiaomi has unveiled a two-wheeled scooter, the Ninebot mini, at its event in Beijing.
The vehicle incorporates a hands-free design and a self-balancing feature, and can travel as much as 14 miles between charges. It has been produced in conjunction with Ninebot, the Chinese company that earlier this year acquired Segway.
The scooter can travel at up to 10 miles per hour, according to PCMag, and it weighs nearly 30 lbs. Its knee-high handle makes the user appear like they’re floating across the surface, like a hoverboard. However, like two wheeled vehicles, users have been urged to wear helmet and protective gears. Safety gear – including helmet, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards – will also be sold by the company.
The device will be launched in the market on November 3, according to Tech In Asia, and will be available in black or white colors. Ninebot said that the new mini costs “a quarter of the price of other comparable self-balancing scooters in China” – at $316, or RMB 1,999. As of now, the scooter will only be available for sale in China. Ninebot mini also comes with a mobile application that will help control the movement and an alarm to alert the rider if the scooter is moved.
It is the first device launched by Ninebot since Segway. As reported by Forbes, Xiaomi had invested in Ninebot along with Sequoia Capital, Shunwei Capital and WestSummit Capital.