Why walk through an airport when you can ride? And no, we are not advocating a joyride on those motorized carts designed for people with a disability. We prefer you leave those for the people who need them. We are talking about Modobag, the world’s first rideable travel bag.
Modobag is the first hybrid luggage — it is a part carry-on suitcase and a part motorized vehicle. Modobag can be used as a traditional wheeled bag — just extend the handle and pull it along on its wheels. When that Superman moment hits and you need to travel fast, you can quickly lower the bag into its riding position, jump on the built-in seating area and hit the throttle to go.
With its 200-watt electric motor at full throttle, this “little bag that can” is capable of whizzing 6 miles through the airport terminal at speeds up to 8 mph on a single charge. At that rate, you’ll be able to get to your destination three times faster than those slouches who have to walk their way to their boarding area. It also features a dual braking system for those “uh-oh” moments when you are about to crash into a travel companion or a fellow Modobag operator.
More than just a pretty bag with wheels, Modobag also has a high-performance, sealed bearing steering column, touch control dashboard and dual USB charging ports for power on the go. It even has an optional GPRS/GSM tracking system that’ll help you locate your bag with a companion iOS or Android app. It offers 2,000 cubic inches of packing space, has a base weight of 19 pounds, and can seat riders up to 260 pounds. Best of all, it’ll fit in an airplane’s overhead bin and is completely compliant with TSA, FAA, and IATA regulations.
Production of the Modobag is being funded via an Indiegogo campaign. You can pre-order yours with prices starting at $995 for the bag and $69 for the companion mobile app. The estimated ship date for both the luggage and app is January 2017.