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No more never-ending dashes down long airport corridors to avoid missing your flight. Here is the Rolls Royce of luggage – sorry – the Harley Davidson of luggage. Equipped with a 150-watt electric motor powered by lithium batteries, the Modobag - that’s what it’s called - will take you just about wherever you wish at just over 8 mph. When empty, it weighs 19 lbs.

It takes an hour to recharge with a standard plug and can go for over 6 miles. To top it all, it fits carry on luggage requirements.

To ‘drive’ your Modobag, all you need to do is pull out the steering wheel and the foot rest then turn the speed handle. And, there’s a brake too - just in case! However you must not weigh more than 260 lbs if you want to ride it.

Modobag is based in Chicago, Illinois and has been tested in the Chicago and New York airports. It’s for sale on the American start up’s website and 3,000 units are already on order.  It will be put on the market at the end of the year and will set you back $1,000 if you order soon. In 2017, it will cost $1,500. At that price, you’ll have to be patient to fake a breakdown as the battery life can last for up to 4,000 charges.

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  • tiskand47
    Posté the 07/27/2016 8:52 am

    As Modobag is powered by lithium batteries and as lithium batteries are banned from check-in luggage, this will surely be an issue !

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  • 9XBLast
    Posté the 07/27/2016 3:51 pm

    We're expected to believe that 3000 of these 20lb boat anchors are on pre-order? Sure.
    One of the dumbest product ideas I've ever seen. Who would ever buy such a silly product? Oh, Skycap gate 82 please....

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  • FirstPrinciples
    Posté the 07/27/2016 5:01 pm

    Apart from the carry-on problem with bats... the weight limit for hand luggage with some airlines is 8 kg and the toycase weighs 8.6kg. Unless it comes with an antigravitational unit I can't put anything IN the suitcase. Let's talk again when energy density is tripled.

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  • Dangerous Product (guest)
    Posté the 07/28/2016 9:14 am

    Lithium batteries are banned as as luggage because they are hazardous to airline safety. This will be a terrorist's delight, and a security nightmare.

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