Spectra electric skateboard packs self-learning AI, emergency braking

Skateboarding can be a fun way to travel a short commute, but the experience can leave riders sweaty on a hot summer day. Electric skateboards are a great alternative, but many require users to hold onto a wireless remote acceleration. on Tuesday, Walnutt has announced a better alternative.

Described by Walnutt as the “Tesla of electric skateboards,” Spectra is the first board on the market with a self-learning 3D posture control system. Without a remote, the the board accelerates and turns based on the rider’s movement. The more a user rides, the more the board understands a rider’s behavior and preferences.

To obtain the completely hands-free experience, Spectra uses a series of sensors and an integrated gyroscope. A differential speed motor control and electromagnetic AMS braking module makes it very user-friendly no matter what level of experience. While riding is completely hands-free, users have the option to control it with the Walnutt Go app. Here users can also see the battery level, choose a driving mode, find places and other riders, and more.

Powering the board is a system of small motors integrated into the wheels. Despite their size, these motors can push Spectra over 15 miles per hour and up to a 15-degree incline. When coming down a hill, the board will use the kinetic energy to partially recharge the battery. A full charge takes 90 minutes and will last users just over 12 miles. Battery power is clearly indicated using front LEDs or the app.

In addition to displaying battery power, the forward- and rear-facing LEDs keep night riders safe. Other safety features include the ability to activate its automatic braking system when Spectra senses something is wrong.

Spectra is available for preorder now on IndieGoGo with early bird prices starting at $269. Boards are expected to ship in July. Aside from the board, backers will also receive the Walnutt Commuter Backpack for free. This bag is designed to easily carry the 12-pound device.