All-Terrain Hoverboard: The New Hybrid Vehicle
The global hoverboard market is $1.7 billion and is expected to reach $2.35 billion by the end of 2025. This means that, despite a few setbacks, the hoverboard industry is going strong. Helping the resurgence of this type of self-balancing scooter are innovations in off-road functionality. Hoverboards are filling a new niche as an all-terrain vehicle. Though balancing is still a concern, hoverboards that are equipped with larger wheels and a durable frame can take riders to places that no scooter has ever been before.
Although the term is widely known and widely accepted, “hoverboard” is only a nickname. “Self-balancing electric scooter” is technically the vehicle’s name, but “hoverboard” has become such a popular designation that the science fiction aircraft from which it was appropriated is now, too many people, a secondary definition. The hoverboard/self-balancing scooter was patented in 2013, and by 2015 it was being manufactured predominantly by Chinese companies who exported vehicles around the globe. All-terrain hoverboards emerged shortly after, proving to everyone that even the tiniest transportation device can succeed in diverse environments.
Specs Of Off-Road Hoverboards
All-terrain or off-road hoverboards are categorized by having larger wheels, a sturdier frame, and better durability than regular hoverboards. Larger wheels mean better traction and support. For example, the Swagtron T6 comes with 10-inch tires, which are nearly four inches bigger than the industry standard. A sturdier frame can be seen in the Segway miniPRO, whose military-grade shocks enable it to travel over the roughest terrain; and increased durability is the main selling point of the Halo Rover, whose entire body – including the wheels – is reinforced with aluminum. Some of the cons of all-terrain hoverboards are reduced speed, wider turns, and a heavier body.
Where Riders Can Go
All-terrain hoverboards should theoretically operate on all terrains, but this is, of course, an exaggeration. Although dirt, gravel, grass, inclines, and declines are all fair game for hoverboards, puddles can be problematic. Since hoverboards are electric, they should not be submerged in water. All-terrain hoverboards do offer some protection from moisture, since they have larger tires and a waterproofed rating, but they should still be kept out of the water any deeper than an inch or two.
The all-terrain hoverboard is a combination of ATV and self-balancing scooter, which means it is one of the most unique vehicles on the planet. Thanks in part to this innovation, hoverboards are growing in market value. It remains to be seen what new innovations will be added to all-terrain hoverboards.