Insights: InMotion V10


By Bob Yan, COO InMotion 

 

The InMotion V10 was launched on April 10th, and it has attracted the attention of enthusiasts and beginners alike even before the official announcement. It’s basically an upgrade based on the InMotion V8 (Solowheel Glide 3 in US) form factor, has much more range, power, and well... almost everything. If you are a fan of the InMotion V8, then you definitely don’t want to miss out on the InMotion V10.

You probably know nearly everything out there about InMotion V10, but there are 3 insights you must not have heard of, so today I’d like to share them with you.

 

 

1. The InMotion V10 didn’t start out as V10.

After InMotion and Solowheel decided to collaborate, we formed up a new joint venture and hired a brand-new operating team, and they originally convinced the board members to brand our next electric unicycle as a Solowheel model and officially name it “Solowheel Glide 4” globally.

However, after gaining confidence in the community’s recognition of the InMotion brand as well as the Solowheel team not being able to operate optimally in 2017, we began to reconsider all the strategies they made and decided to release the wheel under the InMotion brand. The first idea we tossed around was "InMotion V8S" at the beginning, but we realized after some development decisions that the new model would be more than just an incremental upgrade. V9 was skipped as an option altogether, and we also considered VX. As you know, we ultimately we decided on “InMotion V10”. Perhaps we can release a model in the future and that we can confidently name “InMotion VX”.

 

2. The InMotion V10 started off as an off-road model.

The InMotion V10 project started in June 2017. Since power, mileage, speed are the most important factors for experienced riders, these were sure things we wanted to enhance for the V10, but we were not sure what style we want, and what tire we should use. Should it be more targeted for urban commute or more for off-roading?  The 18 inch tire and off road style won in our team at the beginning and we designed something like below, but after we asked about 200 customers and found for that 59% of them, commute was their most often used scenario, and after several debates we pivoted to the urban style, just like the InMotion V8. We actually spent some time designing the initial concepts for an off-road model, as you can see below. Maybe it’ll become someone's favorite in the future.  

 

 

3. A deeper look at the software inside V10

We’ve spent lots of time refining the firmware of the InMotion V10, and most of them are not the most obvious, for example:

  1. Bluetooth Connectivity: The bluetooth connection speed has increased by 54% compared with the previous models.
  2. Smooth Ride: There used to be tiny vibrations users could feel when riding at very slow speeds or while rapidly braking, but we were able to reduce this by 85% for InMotion V10 because of our new self-balancing algorithm controlling the motor.
  3. Internal Communication Speed: Internal communication speed has increased by 64% due to the increased processing power of V10’s dual core, so it’s now possible to do some levels of redundant work. For example, if one core chip is shut down unexpectedly, the other one will be able to restart it immediately. Because this can happen so quickly, it can make sure the core is running again before the motor loses power.
  4. Headlight Driver Efficiency: The InMotion V10 has a much brighter headlight as you already know, but it’s also more efficient! The cooling efficiency of the headlight has been increased from 80% to 92%, which means it uses less energy.
  5. Dual Speaker & Auto Mute: The InMotion V10 has dual speakers, each of which has power rated at 6W. Additionally, there is a specific filter board to mute interference noise that would normally be ever-present when music isn't playing during a bluetooth connection.
  6. Slope Locked Cut-Off Protection: You may have seen other high-powered electric unicycles suddenly cut off without warning when pressed into a harsh or unmovable object or steep slope, even at very slow speeds. With the InMotion V10, we've built in a protection system that will first tilt back giving the user a chance to back off of a stressful position before the system cuts power to the motor.

13 comments

  • David Roldan

    Make this model !!!! Go Go Go Go

  • InMotion USA

    Dave – for tech support and the latest information about firmware releases, you can reach out to service@myinmotion.com

  • Dave Boatman

    Inmotion V10f when will the release the final firmware update to prevent overheating on hill climbs? I’ve seen testing on firmware ver. 2.27, when will it be released? I love the wheel except for this problem!!

  • KenNY

    I don’t see why there’s no market for this concept off road wheel.. people are drooling about Z10 which I think was so okay, I test rode it and meh.. not tickling my fancy.
    So please built this.. even in limited edition,I’m pretty sure it will be sold out in no time

  • João

    As soon as you leave the model InMotion V10 started off an off road, I buy immediately.
    Make this model that will be very successful.
    Thank you
    John

  • moreno gianola

    Please make the OFF Road model, i Will buy one inmediatly, there are many euc riders that Will love it , the just Don t know it exist! IF you wait somebody Else is going to copy and sell before you! INMOTION is know buy quality it will sell for sure! Just make sure to add battery ( km range ) and watt in power Motor.. sooo beautiful

  • Jemar

    I’m with the guy who mentioned the suspension system. I’m a rather young guy and would definitely find this to be a feature and quality that may entice the average and the ones on the fence in dough and my need that extra little feature.

  • Hugo Dillard

    Ooowww awesome stories. I’ll ejoy riding my V10F (upgrade from v5) but be sure i’will Instant buy a wheel like this off road concep too !
    Freeride, long road and off-road all life is fun in INMOTION product. Many thanks for the pleasure you add in my life with tour awesomene job !

  • Jef

    Je possède déjà une V8 pour les trajets home/job, elle serait encore meilleure avec une batterie de plus grande capacité, La V10 ressemble à une “V8 improve”,
    j’attend avec impatience une véritable roue tout terrain, puissante, avec un gros pneu, bien amortie et bien protégée.

  • Alex

    Shock absorbers! This needs to be built into future wheels!
    I’ve more or less given up wheeling after 2 years because of the feeling that my spine has been subjected to too much vibration after every ride. (To be fair, it’s a pretty old spine and younger folk might not be bothered…)
    But I think that if these vehicles are to gain popularity long term, suspension is one thing that should be built in.

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