Parents, Your Kids Will Do Donuts for This Smart Go-Kart
There comes a time in every child’s life when certain toys just aren’t as fun as they used to be. For youngsters aged five-to-nine, the once-favorite ride-on toy cars likely make the list. But just because they’re bigger and older now doesn’t mean they have to give up their set of wheels until they turn 16. That’s where the new Arrow Smart-Kart comes in. Designed by Actev Motors, the Smart-Kart gives this in-between age group a fun way to scoot around, and it does so while integrating a few parent-friendly tech features in the process. The go-kart made its big debut this week at the 2016 Toy Fair in New York City, and now it’s going on sale for $599. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the 2016 Actev Motors Smart-Kart
Sounds like a good chunk of change for a kid’s toy? It is, but you do get quite a lot. Hence its “Smart-Kart” name, the go-kart is wifi enabled, which means all driving information is sent to a smartphone. From there, parents can use the Arrow’s app to set-up driving restrictions like top speed and geofenced boundaries (go-kart shuts down beyond a certain distance). Parents also have control over an emergency stop function, just in case things get a bit too crazy.
The go-kart itself is pretty high-tech too. A pair of 250-watt electric motors propel the 73-pound kart along, housed within the toy’s steel chassis, which permit a top speed of around 12 mph. The kart’s lithium-ion battery ensures around 45 minutes of drive (or race) time. And impressively, the go-kart comes with front and rear collision avoidance sensors, which can bring the kart to a halt in the event of an emergency—something many actual cars still don’t have.
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Power is put to the ground through a set of pneumatic rubber tires, and if your child is a bit of an early drifting enthusiast, they can do their best Ken Block impression thanks to the kart’s optional “drift kit.” This includes plastic rings which fit over the kart’s rear wheels, allowing kids to get sideways for days (well, at least 45 minutes).
A set of speakers live inside the kart’s headrest, and these are said to pump out engine noises as the go-kart zips along. Actev Motors says eventually there will be an entire library of engine notes to choose from. For an extra $99, a Formula 1 styled body kit can also be added to dress up the bare metal kart, which really does transform its look. That said, it is a substantial price bump.
Need one? Active Motors says the Arrow Smart-Kart is available for pre-order now, with deliveries expected by early summer.
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