Terra Motors electric scooter makes iPhone the dashboard

Publish Date: 
Jul 16, 2013

TOKYO, Japan - There's an app for this, too: Terra Motors Corp. is bringing to market a scooter that can use the rider’s iPhone as a dashboard, the company announced this week.

Terra claims it’s first to market with a wireless, smartphone-connected scooter, the new A4000i electric scooter.

The two-person bike comes with a built-in iPhone dock, which can collect and store details like electricity consumption, remaining battery life, average speed and mileage and navigation information. Terra wants to learn from that data to help develop more services.

"Smartphone connection can provide new service to customers," the company said in a press release. "[The] electric scooter will be more than means of transportation."

The white-and-blue scooter has an average range of about 65 km (40 miles) on a charge; its removable lithium-ion battery can reportedly last up to 50,000 km (31,000 miles). A full battery charge takes about 4.5 hours.

Posted by Holly Wagner. Press images courtesy Terra Motors