Have you ever looked at a cat box and thought to yourself, “Damn, I wish this thing had wheels and handlebars so that I could straddle it and ride it around”? Well great news! We give you the quite-brilliantly-named Mopet!
In truth, this is not a vehicle you’d want to put a cat in because A, they’d hate it and B, there’s an opening at the top and they’d definitely escape.
It’s for dogs really. Small dogs. Small dogs owned by women, if the promo video and website are an accurate guide. (We're just highlighting how it's being marketed here.)
You could, we suppose, stash inanimate objects in there too.
“I often see bicycles with pets in the front basket,” says the designer on their crowdfunding page. “The balance and the centre of gravity is not good, and it sways when riding, and this bothers your dog.
“With Mopet, you can put your dog in the centre of the vehicle’s body, so you can ride while keeping an eye on them. Since it is an electric motorcycle, it is quiet, even when riding. There is no engine noise.”
The dog space is 45cm long, 33cm high and 21cm wide. “Small dogs can be relaxed, and even small medium-sized dogs are okay,” says the blurb.
Designboom reports that the removable battery is good for around 60km – although you can also get smaller ones. The Mopet has a top speed of 30km/h and the handlebars fold down so you can fit it in the back of a car.
The Mopet easily hit its crowdfunding target and thanks to a tie-up with YIDI Technology will go on sale in Japan next year.
Who knows whether it will ever make its way to the UK. For now you’ll have to make do with the Babboe Dog-E, which has the advantage of catering for rather more sizeable hounds – even several of them at a time.