Saturday, August 26, 2006

Segway i2, Segway x2: Personal transportation II

The Segway i2 (left) and the Segway x2 (right)

The second generation Segway Personal Transporter (PT) has been unveiled. It’s always been weird and wonderful, and now, it has two new technologies which add to the fun. These are LeanSteer, and a wireless InfoKey controller. With LeanSteer, all aspects of the Segway PT’s movement are now controlled by the direction in which the rider moves his body. Lean right to go right, lean left to go left, lean forward to speed up and lean back to slow down. And the wireless InfoKey controller is your command centre – it’s the cruise-control, speedometer, odometer, and trip computer all rolled into one nifty little device.

The new PT lineup includes i2 and x2 models. The former is for ‘normal’ riding, while the latter can be taken off road and ridden over rough terrain. A Segway PUV (Personal Utility Vehicle) anyone? The i2 can do speeds of up to 20km/h, travel 40km on a single charge of its lithium-ion batteries, and costs US$4,995. The x2 can also hit 20km/h, but will only do 20km on a single charge, and costs about US$5,500.

Also read about the one-wheeled wonder transporter, the Bombardier Embrio

And here's the very funky Segway commercial

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