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Segway

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The Segway is a self-balancing electric scooter that you steer by leaning in the direction you want to go. It's used by commuters, patrol officers, tour groups, and also as a platform for mobile robots.

Creator
DEKA and Segway
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2001
Type
Consumer, Military & Security
Creator
DEKA and Segway
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2001
Type
Consumer, Military & Security

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Specs

FEATURES
Able to carry up to 118 kg (260 lb), including rider and cargo. Capable of turning in place. Equipped with redundant control systems.
HEIGHT
130 cm | 51.2 in (i2 model)
LENGTH
48 cm | 18.9 in
WIDTH
63 cm | 24.8 in
WEIGHT
47.7 kg | 105.2 lb
SPEED
20 km/h | 12.4 mph (max)

SENSORS
Two tilt sensors, five gyroscopes.
ACTUATORS
Two servo drive motors with redundant winding and electric circuits.
POWER
Lithium-ion battery. Range of 38 km (24 mi).
COMPUTING
Dual control computers
SOFTWARE
N/A
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
N/A
MATERIALS
N/A
COST
$6,000 to $7,000 (retail, i2 model)
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
The Segway was invented by Dean Kamen and a team of engineers from DEKA Research and unveiled in 2001. Sales started the next year amid great hype and speculation about its potential to transform personal transportation. After several years on the market, the vehicle didn't reach the sales levels its creators and investors expected. Several cities around the world banned Segways from sidewalks and public roads due to safety concerns. In 2003, Segway developed the Segway Robotic Mobility Platform (RMP) to serve as a platform for researchers building mobile robots. In 2010, Segway Inc. was acquired by a group led by British entrepreneur Jimi Heselden, who died later that year in an accident involving a Segway on his property in the United Kingdom.
WEBSITE
http://www.segway.com

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