ABOUT THE SEGWAY
The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. The name Segway is derived from the word "segue", meaning smooth transition. PT is an abbreviation for personal transporter.
Like the inventor says "technically, it's magic". Computers, sensors, and electric motors in the base of the Segway keep the device upright when powered on with balancing enabled. The rider commands the PT to go forward or backward by shifting their weight forward or backward on the platform. The Segway uses gyroscopic sensors and accelerometer-based leveling sensors to detect the resulting changes in its pitch angle and, to maintain balance, it drives its wheels forward or backward as needed to return its pitch to upright. In the process, the rider establishes and then maintains a desired speed by modulating the extent and duration of their fore/aft weight shifts.
To turn and steer, the rider shifts the handlebar to the left or right. The responds by adjusting the speeds of the wheels in opposite directions causing the Segway to yaw and, if not traveling forward or backward, turn in place. At speed, the amount of shift of the handlebar corresponds to the amount of left or right lean required by the rider to balance themselves on the platform during a turn.
The Segway can reach a speed of 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h) and the x2 model (the off-road, the one we use for our tours) has a 12 miles range (19 km). The i2 model (with smaller tires) has a 24 miles range (39 km).
It's really easy to ride, after a couple of minutes it will become an extension of your body: you won't have to think how to go forward, just lean a little bit (as you do when you walk) and you will glide on your Segway.