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The 'Father of the iPod' Is Building An Electric Go-Kart

May 27, 2016

Tony Fadell, CEO of the Alphabet-owned Nest Labs and a former Apple executive, is setting his sights beyond consumer electronics. The tech industry veteran, often referred to as the "father of the iPod," revealed in an interview with Fortune that he cofounded go-kart company Actev Motors.

The company attracted attention earlier this year when it unveiled the Arrow Smart-Kart, an electric go-kart for children between the ages of five and nine years old. "We want to teach the next generation about electric vehicles," Fadell told Fortune.

The child-friendly vehicle can be paired with a smartphone app that includes an emergency stop button, speed controls, and the option to set a geofence so parents can impose distance restrictions on their children's karting. The Actev Motors Arrow Smart-Kart is one of several high-tech vehicles designed for kids. Radio Flyer also announced in February that it's launching a miniature Tesla Model S made for children between the ages of three and eight.

Fadell teased the possibility of making an adult-sized smart go-kart: "They ask for an adult size," he said to Fortune. "So you can imagine what we are thinking."

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