Second generation Segway takes self-balancing technology to the next level
By Mike Hanlon
August 14, 2006
August 15, 2006 Segway has unveiled the second generation Segway Personal Transporter (PT) featuring two new and interesting technologies - LeanSteer and a wireless InfoKey controller. The new line includes the versatile Segway i2 and a cross-terrain model called the Segway x2, as well as six product packages tailored to specific commercial and consumer market segments and riding environments. LeanSteer in many ways completes the Segway PT control interface, making it even more intuitive and appealing. Now, all aspects of movement are controlled by the direction the rider moves their body. Lean right to go right, lean left to go left - the Segway PT responds as the rider naturally leans in the desired direction of travel, rather than using a handlebar grip for turning, offering an even more intuitive and enjoyable riding experience that is easy to learn.
The advanced design of the new Segway PT and its sophisticated software allow it to differentiate between the rider's steering and changes in the terrain, keeping the rider in a stable and comfortable position when traveling over uneven ground. The new wireless InfoKey controller is an all-in-one key and information center. It allows the rider to set the speed of the Segway PT, and acts as the speedometer, odometer, trip computer, and battery gauge. The InfoKey controller also activates a security system when the unit is parked. If the device is disturbed while the anti-theft alarm is activated, the wheels lock and the device emits an alarm. At the same time a visual alert is sent to the InfoKey controller to notify the owner of the disturbance. The InfoKey controller is small enough to fit onto a keychain or be carried in a pocket.
"Our goal for the second generation Segway PT was to make a product that truly becomes an extension of your body. With LeanSteer technology, the Segway PT responds instantly to the most subtle motions of your body," said Doug Field, chief technology officer, Segway Inc. "LeanSteer technology has given our development team the freedom to completely change the design of the product. Dramatic, elegant shapes and finishes, and the use of wireless technology make the new Segway PT a big step forward in the evolution of our product line."
"We have been very pleased with the performance of the Segway PT during its five years of use around the world. It has proven to be an extremely durable, reliable product. Thus, with the second generation, our product developers focused on enhancing the riding experience, expanding the product's capabilities and making the design more appealing, while maintaining our commitment to safety and quality," said Klee Kleber, vice president of marketing, Segway.
The complete Segway Line-up
People can chose from two personal transporters and six product packages in Segway's new product line. The i2 is a versatile model that takes up no more space than an average adult. Its ground clearance and non-marking tires are ideal for most urban and suburban settings, both indoors and outdoors. It can be stowed in the trunk of a car or rolled onto public transportation. The i2 has a top speed of 12.5 mph and can travel up to 24 miles, or 480 city blocks, on a single charge of the lithium-ion batteries. Customers can choose from two finishes, anodized black or gloss white. The i2 is available now at Segway Authorized Dealerships in the U.S. for the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of US$4,995.
The x2 model is ideal for the adventurer, the outdoor enthusiast and the rider who wants more terrain capability. Its all-terrain tires can maneuver through dirt, gravel, grass or sand and its integrated lift handles make the x2 easy to hoist in or out of a vehicle. Its wider track and higher ground clearance maximize the stability of the x2 for off-pavement and industrial use. The x2 has a top speed of 12.5 mph and can travel up to 12 miles on a single charge of the lithium-ion batteries. The x2 will be available in September for the MSRP of US $5,495.
Later this year, Segway will also release six product packages tailored to specific commercial and consumer market segments and riding environments: the i2 Commuter, i2 Police, i2 Commercial Cargo, x2 Golf, x2 Police, and the x2 Adventure.