Is this the future?
I'm not so sure. At $700, the wheel alone costs around $100 more than Francis, my whole commuting bicycle, did. And part of the point of biking is to do it myself. On the other hand, if a wheel with a motor in it keeps people wheeling when they would otherwise be driving, I suppose there is some good here.
Me? I'll keep depending on my aging legs. I need the exercise.