The Segway is the leader in personal green transportation, potentially revolutionizing how people work and play. The Segway is a ground breaking means of traveling from one place to another. It is battery powered as well as electric vehicle that requires self-balancing and is two-wheeled. Segway actually translates to, “smooth transition.”

To enable upright balancing when the power is on, the Segway base has computers as well as motors for better balance. A user can command the Segway to move or propel backward by shifting his weight backward and can command the vehicle to move forward via shifting the weight on the platform forwards. It takes a bit of practice at first.

While the Segway balances, it detects any change in the centre of mass. First, it establishes then keeps a parallel speed, both backward and forward. It has gyroscopic sensors and levelling sensors which are fluid based to identify weight shift. To make a turn, the user must press the handlebar either to the left or to the right. They can reach speeds of up to 20.1 km/h.

Early history of the Segway is almost as intriguing as the machine itself. At first, it was identified by the label of Ginger and IT at the time, previous to its being revealed. Segway was the first to use their BOT wheelchair, which is Kamen’s balancing technology.

Journalist Steve Kemper combined the development, financing and invention of the Segway as a narrative subject in Code Name Ginger, a nonfiction book. The information was leaked, however, which led widespread conjecture concerning the “IT” method before its release. The gossip created a huge excitement. Steve Jobs thought that the Segway was just as powerful and important as the development of the PC. John Doeer surmised that likely it would become even more essential than even the internet. Later, the articles that appeared in many of the major publications came out making fun of publicity of the machine before it was even released.

On 3 December 2001, the Segway was unveiled in Bryant Park, which is a public park which is managed privately and located in New York City on Good Morning America during a segment of the ABC News.

Although the Segway did not live up to the preconceived hype, they are being marketed to communities like Emergency Medical Services, theme parks for their employees and some visitors and superior police forces that were trained to protect the public at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Segway is now being used by the police in China to guard and patrol particular public locations, such as Tiananmen Square.

In 2006, Israel used the approved Segway to be able to be used in pedestrian locations such as sidewalks. Israelis’ are also using the vehicle on roads which are free of sidewalks, or that have obstructed sidewalks as well as sidewalks that do not have curb cuts. However, the Segway user will need to be at least the age of sixteen or older. A licence is not required. Speed limits are a maximum of 13.5 km/h. Also, companies that offer a tour of Jerusalem also use a second general model of the Segway. It was in 2009 that the first zoo to ever offer the Segway for their guided tours was the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.

The Segway was actually categorised a motorcycle in Japanese court because of the power output. However, registration is not needed or given. Segway Japan is an authorized Segway dealer and they restrict their machine sells to only corporations for their company use in their facilities.


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