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New Segway pSeries geared for portability


November 23, 2003

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A smaller, lighter and more manoeuvrable version of the Segway Human Transporter has been released. The third in the line-up of battery-powered, self-balancing personal transportation devices, the new p Series model is geared towards short range commuting in crowded pedestrian environments with its a narrow footprint and portable design.

The 32kg p Series is the lightest and most portable model in the line enabling the rider to more easily negotiate stairs, elevators and other obstacles on the way office.

A rider weighing up to 90kg can be accommodated along with 4.5kgs of baggage in the optional Handlebar Bag and the Segway HT p Series has a range of 10-16km at speed of up to 16kmh on one charge.

Recharging is through standard electrical socket and it's estimated that it costs just 10 cents of energy a day to charge the emission free Segway HT -a clear indication of why the Segway HT and other types of environmentally responsible single-person transport are so important to the future of our cities.

The handlebar design allows adjustment to suit the height of the rider and also enhances portability by collapsing to fit easily into a car boot.

The Segway HT works by using "Dynamic Stabilization" technology to keep the rider upright and balanced and also provides redundant back- up systems for safety.

The p Series model is designed to ride on smooth, even surfaces while the i Series model is optimised for greater range and performs on a variety of terrains, including dirt and grass. The e Series is equipped with an electronic parking stand and a set of large storage bags.

The Segway HT p Series model costs US$3,995 and a hands-on product orientation session from a Segway Coach is also part of the package.

The Segway HT i Series model costs US$4,495.

Visit www.segway.com for further reading.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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