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.
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