Segway Inc. is advancing its self-balancing technology with the introduction of the second generation Segway Personal Transporter (PT). The new line of Segway PTs feature LeanSteer technology and a wireless InfoKey controller.
The line includes the 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 technology makes the new Segway PT more intuitive and appealing. Now all aspects of movement are controlled by the direction the rider moves his body. The Segway PT responds as the rider naturally leans in the direction he wants to travel, rather than using a handlebar grip for turning. The ocmpany says this new technology provides a more intuitive riding experience.
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 turns on the Segway PT and 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.
The i2 has a top speed of 12.5 mph and can travel up to 24 miles, or approximatelly 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 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. 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.