Archos debuts the first Android-powered scooter
Featuring a 5-inch display
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French company Archos has made everything from tablets 自 drones, and now it’s adding another product to its roster: the world’s first Android-powered scooter. Named Citee Connect, the scooter has a multimedia dashboard that embeds all the functions of a phone in a housing that protects against shocks and bad weather.
Citee Connect’s screen is a 5-inch display that sits between the handlebars. It’s powered by a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of flash memory, runs Android Oreo, and has 3G support. Archos doesn’t explicitly say what the screen can be used for, but it does show it running Google Maps, so there’s that. Like other Archos scooters, there’s the option to download a companion app, which can remotely control a reel lock that’s integrated into the chassis.
As far as Citee Connect’s build, it’s made of aluminum, has large puncture-proof 8.5-inch wheels, a 250W motor, and a 36W battery. It all clocks in at around 26 pounds and can support up to 220 pounds. Archos says the scooter can reach a speed of between 22–25 km/h and has a range of “over 25 kilometers in urban areas.” The variable range is due to its energy-recovery system: braking automatically recharges the battery, extending its life by up to 15 percent.
Archos says the Citee Connect will be on sale this summer for 499.99 euros (about $617).