15 September 2023

Paging Terry Pratchett. Will Terry Pratchett Come to the White Courtesy Phone.

So this,

or this?

Honda has announced that it will be producing a suitcase that can be ridden as a scooter.

So, self propelled luggage, huh? This sounds awfully familiar.

I think that I want mine with sapient pearwood paneling. 

If complete and utter chaos was lightning, then he'd be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards!'

I'm not surprised that someone did this, but I would not have guessed that Honda be the one that done it:

With a growing market for electric scooters, we were expecting manufacturers to all eventually pile in, but Honda arriving on the scene with a rideable suitcase isn't quite what we had in mind.

When we noted earlier this year that electric two-wheelers were pulling ahead of electric cars in some parts of the world, we didn't anticipate something like the Honda Motocompacto to show up – yet here we are, looking at a full-on rideable rectangle.

For what it's worth, motorized smart luggage is definitely a thing already, and available from Airwheel and similar outfits. We've seen people ride them around at tourist hot spots and airports. We're just raising a collective eyebrow at an automaker like Honda getting involved in this segment.

 A top speed of 15 MPH, a range of 12 miles, a 3.5 hour charging time, and all it costs is $995.00.

Well that, and any remaining vestige of your dignity.


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