Segway gains a seat

Segway gains a seat

Summary: After Hours: Our favourite high-tech scooter now looks almost exactly like an electric wheelchair

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  • Segway, the scooter whose ability to carry a standing passenger at a trot has so far failed to revolutionise human life, has gained a surprising new feature: a seat. The seat, from independent company SegSeat, is a BMX-like seat which attaches to the upright of the transporter, and can be folded flat if the user wants to stand up. Appropriately for the Segway, which costs around $4,000, the seat comes at $750.

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  • The seat is mounted on a braced rail, and can slide backwards and forwards, to mimic the leaning movements of standing Segway passengers, according to the Gizmag blog. By allowing passengers to sit down, the seat eliminates one of the main differences between the Segway and an electric wheelchair, and it is being marketed as an aid to partially disabled Segway users

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  • You report this is for "disabled Segway users".

    Did they become disabled by using the stand-up Segway in a George Bush style accident, or before using the Segway?

    In any application Segway suffers to a greater extent from the same problem dear old whining mad car hating Red Ken has when banging on about public transport and bicycles from his giant bollock on the South Bank, viz: it has no capacity to carry personal carriables of any quantity and no protection against the weather - so useless outdoors unless you are in a dirty oiky job with no need to carry work around - or have full changing facilities, clean clothes and showers at your destination (see bicycles).

    If you never left California where the sun always shines and no one walks anywhere I can see why they may get it wrong.

    But really, as a marketeer, who was the Segway's target market per their business plan and who bought into it?

    Not to say there are not some great markets for inertial nano-gyro technology......... and for better buggies

    A lot of the newer airports need indoor buggies for healthy passengers now, particularly those short of time with carry on - in particular Frankfurt Terminal 2 and Schiphol if you transition from Non Shengen to Schengen - or the distant gates at Heathrow EuroTerminal. But again a motorised luggage trolley with capacity for personal effects would do better than Segway for the carry on, same problem, wrong solution.

    Brian
    anonymous