Crazy Cart, what has thou wrought – pint-sized, super-cool conveyances are all the rage these days, both three- and four-wheeled, and this latest entry into the blossoming segment is just upping the ante. The Actev Motors Arrow Smart-Kart looks more like a racer than anything else we’ve seen up to this point, but it takes the concept one step further by incorporating the latest in smartphone supervision technology.
Designed for children five to nine years old, the all-electric Arrow is reportedly configurable to match a driver’s skill level (unless your kid is Lewis Hamilton – then you’re well out of Smart-Kart territory) in a couple ways. For starters, the junior kart grows with your kid, offering features like adjustable accelerator and brake pedals. But you can also match Arrow’s maximum speed (up to 12mph) to your child’s skill level thanks to the mobile app.
In fact, it’s the smartphone app that’s at the heart of Arrow’s brilliance. In addition to the ability to regulate speed, parents can set up a geo-fence to prevent the driver from going outside a preset area, and the software also has an inactivity timer that alerts the parent if Arrow is motionless for a selectable period of time. The Smart-Kart also offers collision avoidance, which automatically stops Arrow if an obstacle is detected, and an emergency stop button that immediately halts Arrow.
Via the app, kids can monitor stats like total driving time, total distance, and maximum speed. The kart is further customizable with downloadable engine sounds, and Actev says more mods are in the pipeline including custom body kits, drifting wheel rings, a Formula-1 inspired steering wheel, distance-sensing “smart cones,” laser tag sensors, and gaming apps.
Priced at $599.95, the Arrow Smart-Kart is currently available to pre-order online and will begin shipping in early summer 2016. It will be unveiled at the Toy Fair in New York City from February 13 to 16, 2016, at the Actev Motors’ Booth in the Javits Convention Center. To see the Arrow Smart-Kart in action, check out Actev’s video here.