Xiaomi A1 and A1 PRO with voice control
One such company is Xiaomi, a Chinese electronics manufacturer that produces almost anything from smartphones, action cameras and smart home systems to electric scooters and mopeds. Xiaomi is known for making its products affordable and of decent quality, and it's no exaggeration to say that its products are changing lives for the better on a serious scale. And now, apparently, Xiaomi has decided to change the electric vehicle market in earnest.
XIAOMI A1 AND A1 PRO ELECTRIC SCOOTER
So, the Chinese giant recently announced a range of urban electric mopeds for everyday riding. The small electric bike called A1 comes in two variants: a basic one called simply A1, and an A1 Pro variant. The electric scooters are manufactured in the facilities of a friendly Chinese company known as 70mai.
Given the small size of the moped, we're guessing it won't suit everyone. Judging by the photo, the A1 might be uncomfortable for those whose height exceeds 180cm. But in any case, the Xiaomi A1 and A1 Pro represent an interesting concept of what the scooters of the future will look like.
The Xiaomi A1 electric scooter weighs 52kg, which is quite light for a scooter, but that's if you don't count the fact that it has pedals. A 52kg bike, on the other hand, won't be easy to ride, and we doubt you'll easily be able to ride it up a long slope. However, pedaling isn't likely to be needed too often as the A1 has a range of 60km and the A1 Pro has a range of 70km.
From the looks of it, the little Xiaomi A1 can even be put in a candle if you shift your weight back, but please don't blame us if you fall afterwards.
The 16-inch rear wheel motor is rated at 750 watts, but that's not certain: Xiaomi hasn't released a specific figure yet. All we know is the top speed on electric power, and it's 24km/h. This is the mandatory speed limit for electric mopeds in China. Admittedly, let's not rule out a geeky neighbour with a laptop in two minutes to solve the issue of lifting the limit.
The Xiaomi A1 and A1 Pro electric scooters feature a single disc brake at the front and a drum brake at the rear. Both wheels have suspensions. The batteries are removable and can be charged separately from the moped.
Another cool feature of the new moped is the full-colour digital display. And the Xiaomi A1 Pro electric scooter even comes with a touchscreen option. However, for those who prefer to hold on to the handlebars with both hands, the voice control feature will be preferred, which, like many other electronic features from Xiaomi, is rumoured to be implemented quite decently. In addition, the digital displays come with a built-in GPS module that can be controlled via touchscreen or voice.
But that's not all. A 1080p camera is built into the front of the A1 to record your reckless adventures at 24km/h. Well, not a bad move, Xiaomi! Let's look forward to a smart, voice-activated motorbike gear from you!