Segway has announced that its family of patrol vehicles is about to get a new member. Developed for the security, law enforcement, emergency response and military markets, the new SE-3 Patroller is a little different from its self-balancing two-wheeled stablemates. It has been treated to a third wheel out front, reportedly giving the stand-up electric vehicle a greater visible presence, even when parked, and allowing for easier mount and dismount.

Segway was founded in 1999 by Dean Kamen to develop dynamically-stabilized, highly maneuverable, zero emission personal transport vehicles. The first models appeared in 2002 and, though not as popular with commuters as the company had hoped, are now a familiar sight in many shopping malls, airports and pedestrianized areas. In fact, Segway says that the existing Patroller vehicles have been deployed in over 1,500 police departments and public safety organizations around the world.

We don't have much in the way of detailed specs on the new three-wheeler to offer, but can tell you that the Segway SE-3 Patroller runs on multiple Li-ion batteries that can be charged from standard wall outlet or hot-swapped for continuous operation without needing to break out the toolbox.

The vehicle has independent direct rear wheel electric drive, Whelen emergency lights and siren, and an LED headlight. Data relating to the operation of the vehicle, such as speed and remaining battery life, can be viewed on a sunlight-readable 4.3-inch display.

The SE-3 includes safety features such as anti-rollover technology to help keep things on the up, independent front and rear hydraulic brakes, and Rider Detect, which disables the motors if a rider is not on the vehicle. There's an included accessory bar for attaching such things as video surveillance cameras, and a built-in 12 V power-to-go outlet for charging mobile devices.

Segway says that the new Patroller's electronic systems have been designed for weather-proof operation, and its rugged plastic panels can be individually replaced if damaged.

The SE-3 Patroller joins the company's existing two-wheel patrol vehicles, the i2 SE and the x2 SE, and rolls in a similar price ball park as the already available Raptor three-wheeler from the UK's Ecospin, at US$12,000 each. The first shipments are due to start in June.

Product page: SE-3 Patroller