Xiaomi unveils hands-free electric scooter – ‘Ninebot mini’

Xiaomi unveils hands-free electric scooter – ‘Ninebot mini’

A new hands-free electric scooter was unveiled by Chinese device maker Xiaomi at an event held in Beijing on Monday.

The new electric scooter -- which does not have any handlebars -- is called the ‘Ninebot mini.’ It is the first product to be launched by Xiaomi's portfolio startup Ninebot, which acquired Segway earlier this year.

The retail cost of the new ‘Ninebot mini’ electric scooter will be only 1,999 Yuan (nearly $315); making it much more affordable than the Segway. The owners of the hands-free ‘Ninebot mini’ electric scooter will be able to control and lock the scooter remotely with their smartphones; thanks to the scooter’s sync with the Xiaomi smartphone app. The app will also enable the scooter’s owners to remotely view the speedometer, and check battery life.

The 28-pound, two-wheeled ‘Ninebot mini’ will be a self-balancing scooter, with the capability to go as fast as 10 miles per hour. The scooter will also be able to climb hills at up to a 15 degree incline, and go for up to 13 miles on a single charge.

Highlighting the fact that the hands-free Ninebot mini electric scooter has an aerospace-grade magnesium alloy infrastructure, Xiaomi said that the lightweight and compact scooter can be stored in a car trunk or toted onto public transportation for longer trips.

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