The difference is that an electric vehicle also has friction brakes and a Onewheel does not. I usually do a few laps of the car port before descending our driveway when the battery is fully charged.
Posts made by Simon
RE: What do you say to people who ask, "Can I try it?"
I almost always say yes. A bit of a risk assessment is required, so we might shift to the grass or I would initially hold their hand. I tell them to jump off with both feet if they are going to fall, the one foot on / one foot off crashes are the worst.
Fortunately, I live in a country which has more of a culture of personal responsibility than the US where you don't get sued if someone else makes an error of judgement.
Most kids are amazing, they pick it up so quickly and tumbles on grass don't hurt. Their riding privileges get quickly taken away if they start being stupid.
RE: mini onewheel for mini kids
I take my Onewheel to the park and let the local kids play on it. They never seem to hurt themselves on the soft grass. I hold one hand of the little ones, i.e. less than 6 years old. It is possible for a four year old to ride a Onewheel, they just need to stretch their legs a bit. It can be tricky for the little kids to put their foot exactly on the sensor. My three year old calls it The Wonderwheel, and that name has stuck.
RE: OW doesn't balance 1st time on
All the time. I have to be very precise where I put the foot on the sensor. The kids have a lot of trouble getting it right. Sometimes the sensor recognises the pressure and then suddenly doesn't just before I start off. There is no problem once the Onewheel is moving.
It does seem to be worse when it is damp or my shoes are muddy but that might be my imagination.