Segway is officially over

China-based Ninebot, Segway In 2015, it will stop the production of PT with the abbreviation of Personal Carrier on July 15. Fast Company First report News.
Segway PT made a jump December 3, 2001 When good morning was introduced in America. Said inventor Dean Kamen He said that an urban transport revolution is approaching and vehicles will not be used. Kamen felt it was ridiculous to drive 4,000 pounds of cars and trucks for short trips.

But According to Tony Ho, Segway global vice president of business development, last year it made up only 1.5% of Segway PT Ninebot’s revenue. Price tag begins He said that by reaching $ 6,000 and sometimes $ 10,000, only police departments and tour groups could afford it.

“It was a great invention 20 years ago,” said Ho. “It looks a little outdated now.” Added some police departments switched to Ninebot’s cheaper electric scooters. Ninebot also ends production of the three-wheel Segway device designed for community policing.
Segway had to change the world. Twenty years later,
Ho, recent discussions about Police Department funds next Death of george floyd It did not affect Ninebot’s decision.

Before Segway, Kamen made his name known as the inventor of medical devices, such as a portable insulin pump. The Segway PT project continued to work on a self-balancing wheelchair in the 1990s.

Segway inventor Dean Kamen rides a Segway with Jeff Bezos in 2002 in New York.

Segway PT was ahead of time, but not just in a good way. The price tag was a big obstacle to adoption, coming $ 4,950 when first released. Batteries that were originally over $ 1,000 were too expensive to make a more affordable version. For years, the company tried to lower the price. According to Ho, prices have risen, probably due to inflation and new off-road features. According to the Segway spokesperson, 140,000 PTs have been sold since 2001.

Segway PT found A place in the news headlines and in Hollywood. President George W. Bush drew attention after falling 2003. Earlier that day, Segway employees visited the Bush compound and How to ride other members of the Bush family. Segway PT at Hollywood TV shows and moviesLike Mall Cop.

Segway has developed an asocial reputation rather than cool and changing the world.

Former Segway employee Matt Gelbwaks to CNN 2018 profile of the company“There was an important idiot factor.”

Kamen, who did not immediately respond to the request for comment, told CNN Business in 2018 that Segway continued to be the project that most people knew him.

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“What else do I do in life,” he said, “I’m a Segway man.”

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