About Segway

Segway Milestones

July 27, 1999
Renowned inventor Dean Kamen founded a new company with the vision to develop highly-efficient, zero-emission transportation solutions using “dynamic stabilization” technology. The Company’s research and development was focused on creating devices that took up a minimal amount of space, were extremely maneuverable and could operate on pedestrian sidewalks and pathways.
February 2001
The Company broke ground for its manufacturing plant in Bedford, New Hampshire.
Segway manufacturing plant in Bedford NH.
November 2001
Construction of the Segway manufacturing and assembly plant was completed.
December 1, 2001
The Company adopted the name Segway LLC.
December 3, 2001
Segway unveiled the Segway® Personal Transporter (PT), the first self-balancing transportation device, to the public for the first time.
January 2002
The first pre-production Segway PTs were manufactured.
February 15, 2002
The first state bill allowing Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMDs) to operate on sidewalks is signed into law in the Company’s home state of New Hampshire. Within the year, a total of 31 states passed laws allowing the Segway PT to operate on sidewalks.
March 21, 2002
The first production model of the Segway PT (serial number 022111000001) and a commemorative birth certificate were presented to Dean Kamen, chairman and founder of Segway.
March 29, 2002
Segway auctioned three limited edition Segway PTs on Amazon.com to benefit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen. The auction generated a combined total of $364,800.00 for FIRST and drew more than 500 bids from across the country. Segway PT #1 sold for $160,100, Segway #2 for $104,100, and Segway #3 for $100,600.
April 23, 2002
The city of Atlanta embraced the Segway PT and deployed a fleet of units to be used by the Central Atlanta Progress Ambassador Force, the Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Power and the Atlanta Police Department. All are still utilizing their Segway PTs in day-to-day operations.
August 28, 2002
Segway PT enthusiasts launched www.segwaychat.com to create a community of Segway HT enthusiasts and soon-to-be owners who would “educate the public, share information, stories, and photos about the ownership experience, and promote safe and responsible gliding”. Within one year more than 1,400 people joined the forum.
November 8, 2002
Popular Science Magazine awarded the Segway PT with a 2002 Best of What's New Award in the general technology category. Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations each year to honor the world's most outstanding breakthroughs. The Segway PT was among only 100 winners.
November 18, 2002
Segway Personal Transporters went on sale to the public for the first time on Amazon.com. The Company hosted an Early Delivery Essay Contest and 30 lucky winners received their Segway PTs before the holiday gift-giving season, a tour of Segway headquarters and dinner with Dean Kamen.
February 2003
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contracted with Segway to convert fifteen Segway PTs into Segway Robotic Mobility Platforms (RMPs). Segway developed the platform to serve as a reliable, cost-effective tool for research institutions and delivered the units to DARPA in April. In June 2003 DARPA worked with SPAWAR Systems Center, San Diego to distribute the units to 14 government and university research institutions to use in robotic research projects.
August 29, 2003
Two hundred Segway PT owners and enthusiasts gathered in Chicago, Ill. for the first Segwayfest, an event created, organized and implemented by Segway PT owners to celebrate the Segway PT ownership experience. Enthusiasts from all over the world have attended Segwayfests held in Bonita Springs, Fla. (2004); Sacramento, Calif., Washington D.C., and at Segway headquarters in Bedford, N.H. (2005).
SegwayFest! 2003
March 22, 2004
The Company announced its 2004 U.S. dealer expansion program to recruit qualified dealers to distribute, market and sell the company’s line of Segway PTs, accessories and associated services. As of August 2006, more than 100 Authorized Segway Dealerships exist in the U.S. Outside of the U.S., more than 150 retail points sell Segway PTs.
March 30, 2004
The Segway Enthusiasts Group (SEG) announced the inauguration of the national SEG America organization, an independent group created to enhance the Segway PT ownership experience. Local groups around the world organize group rides, activities like Segway PT polo and opportunities where members can share ideas and experiences about the Segway PT. SEG America is “an independent voice for its members and seeks to maintain and expand people’s freedom to use alternative transportation options like the Segway PT and to increase community awareness of the benefits of Segway products”. As of July 2006 SEG America has more than 40 local groups and approximately 3,900 members in more than 20 countries.
October 2004
The U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration released a study entitled “Characteristics of Emerging Road Users & Their Safety”. It was undertaken to clarify the operational characteristics of both motorized and non-motorized transportation users. The Segway PT was found to have the second shortest braking distance, highest eye heights, one of the smallest footprints, and quickest perception-reaction time. The Segway PT met or exceeded all recommendations made by the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide to the Development of Bicycle Facilities.
October 2004
Segway begins expansion of its international distribution network by signing on Segway Authorized Distributors. As of August 2006, more than 150 retail points outside of the U.S. sell Segway PTs.
October 10-12, 2004
More than 120 dealer representatives attended Segway’s first dealer meeting in Bonita Springs, Fla. to preview the 2005 product line and participate in best practices workshops. International distributors from France, Italy, Korea, Kuwait, and Taiwan also attended.
November 29, 2004
TIME Magazine features Segway's four-wheeled prototype which can operate either statically balanced or balanced on its rear wheels as one of the “Best Inventions of 2004” in its Nov. 29th issue.Concept Centaur
December 3, 2004
The City of Lille, France and Keolis Group, a private transportation company in France, opened the first “Oxygen Network”. The Oxygen Network is made up of an Oxygen Station® and an Oxygen Boutique that rent zero-emission transportation devices like Segway PTs and electric bikes to the public. People can rent devices at a train station and drop if off at another station or kiosk for a cost based on the time used. This was the first implementation of the Segway PT as a last-mile solution in a public transportation system consisting of buses, trains and automobiles.
March 1, 2005
Segway announced the Segway Cross-Terrain Transporter (XT) and Segway Golf Transporter (GT), as well as a refresh of the flagship i Series model. Each new product is equipped with extended-range Saphion® Lithium-ion batteries. The Segway XT features all-terrain tires, a robust fender design, and specially tuned software for riding over varied terrain. The Segway GT enables a golfer to play up to 36 holes and features a golf bag carrier and enhanced traction tires.
September 2005
Segway LLC incorporates and transforms from a limited liability corporation into Segway Inc.
October 7, 2005
Segway announced plans to license its Segway® Smart Motion™ technology to third-party companies and in some cases co-develop products with other manufacturers using the technology.
November 16, 2005
U.S President George W. Bush presents a Segway PT to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
December 12, 2005
In a ceremony held at Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort, the ten thousandth participant in the “Around the World at Epcot tour was honored with a Segway PT from Segway Inc. “Around the World at Epcot is a two-hour guided tour that allows guests to operate a Segway PT throughout World Showcase before the area opens for other park guests.
February 7, 2006
Segway Inc. becomes an Official Licensee for the Turin 2006 20th Winter Olympics. As part of a joint venture with HT Italia, 20 Segway PT "Special Edition" models were produced and used by members of the Torino Organizing Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC). Members of TOROC operations staff were issued a Segway PT SE model to use around the three Olympic Villages in Turin, Sestriere and Bardonecchia.
February 9, 2006
Researchers at Universities of Arkansas and Tennessee announce the results of a study comparing the impact of a Segway Golf Transporter (GT) and a golf cart on golf course turf. The conclusion of the 30-day study showed that the Segway GT is gentler on the turf than a golf cart and using the Segway GT helps to maintain better turf coverage, color and quality than a golf cart, while minimizing soil compaction.
March 2006
A three-month study, “Segway in Public Spaces”,was completed by the German Federal Board for Road Traffic. Braking, steering and general handling of the Segway PT were found to be very favorable. The study also reports that Segway PTs are best suited for bicycle lanes and pedestrian traffic areas.
April 2006
The Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ) completed a two-phase study that examined the use of the Segway PT and motorized personal transportation devices (MPTD) in pedestrian environments. In the first phase, completed in May 2004, CEVEQ studied the ergonomic, operational and technical aspects of the devices. The Segway PTs compared favorably to other types of devices and were far superior in the area of stability as compared to bicycles and mopeds. In the second phase the Segway PT was used by 143 participants riding more than 9,000 kilometers on sidewalks, paths, and roadway shoulders, in three major city located in the Province of Quebec. The report noted that no incident or serious injury, nor any Segway PT/pedestrian collision or physical interference, was reported during the evaluation. After two years of evaluation, CEVEQ recommended that Segway PTs should be allowed on urban pedestrian areas and that such use would have little impact on user safety and still less on the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and other walkway users.
May 30, 2006
Segway announced that the City of Chicago released a five-year contract to purchase Segway PTs and associated accessories, replacement parts and service. This contract, which was awarded to Segway Experience of Chicago LLC, is the largest municipal contract in the history of Segway. The Chicago contract will allow the city to acquire up to 100 additional Segway PTs for use by a number of city departments, including Police, Fire, Airport Operations and Emergency Management. The city already owned more than 50 units. Worldwide, more than 150 law enforcement and security organizations use Segway PTs to patrol. Another dozen federal and municipal agencies use the products for bomb squad response and explosive ordinance disposal.
May 31, 2006
GE Consumer Finance’s Retail Sales Finance unit and Segway Inc. announce a new multi-year relationship to provide revolving financing on the purchase of Segway PTs and accessories under GE's FUNancing Card program.
June 12, 2006
University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) implement a unique new alternative transportation program called EasyConnect. The program offers commuters who ride the BART or ride-share to the Pleasant Hill Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station the opportunity to utilize one of ten Segway PTs free-of-charge for the last few miles of their commute to the office. This is the first time Segway PTs will be used in an inter-modal public transit system in the U.S.
August 14, 2006
Segway takes self-balancing technology to the next level with the introduction of the second generation Segway PT. The new Segway product line includes the versatile Segway i2 and a cross-terrain model called the Segway x2, as well as six product packages tailored to specific commercial, police and consumer market segments and riding environments. All the products feature breakthrough LeanSteer™ technology and a wireless InfoKey™ controller that enhance the Segway experience by making the ride even more intuitive and adding new and useful functions.
August 14, 2006
Segway launches a new marketing campaign today to introduce the second generation Segway PT. The company’s new tagline, “Simply Moving”, and supporting communications focus on Segway’s innovative technology and the many practical ways consumers and commercial customers are incorporating Segway PTs into their everyday routines.
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