Learn About Segway Personal Transporters
Segway® Personal Transporter (PT) are two-wheeled people movers that were originally sold to markets in 2002. They have been used around the world since that time. The use of Segway PTs in the rainforest started only recently, but the excitement and fun is contagious.
What does riding a Segway PT feel like?
Riding the Segway PT feels like nothing you’ve ever experienced because there’s never been anything like it. Step on and your instinct will be to steady yourself, as you would on anything with two wheels. But almost immediately you’ll realize that the Segway PT is balancing for you, almost like it has become an extension of you. Just lean forward a little and you’ll see that the Segway PT isn’t moving you on its own; it’s moving in response to you and what you tell it to do.
It all feels natural and really cool. The Segway PT uses LeanSteer™ Technology to move you from Point A to B. Gently move the LeanSteer frame and handlebar left or right in the direction you want to travel and feel the machine respond almost instantly. The Segway PT balances by using sensors that recognize the changing terrain and your body position at 100 times per second.
The Segway PT is 11 times more efficient than the average American car, and over three times more efficient than even the highest-mileage scooters. As a zero-emissions vehicle, the Segway PT can also go indoors. It does draw electric power during recharge, but that electricity causes fourteen times less greenhouse gas emissions than driving a car.
Each Segway PT comes with two operational settings, “beginner” and “standard”. Beginner setting is set to 6mph/13kph, and the standard setting is set to 12.5mph (20kph). 12.5 mph is roughly equal to a 5-minute mile, a really fast run. Depending on your weight, riding style and terrain, a single charge can go up to 24 miles (38km) of travel.
A glide is a trip you take riding your Segway PT. We like the name because it’s simple and very accurately describes the motion of riding, which is smooth and even, like you’re gliding across a surface. Gliding is a great way to meet new people, see new sights, or just get out and enjoy the day.
The Segway PT is completely sealed to allow us to operate in wet weather. Just be careful on slippery surfaces.
What’s the Segway Smile?
The Segway Smile is exhibited by nearly everyone who’s ever ridden a Segway PT. The Segway PT is more than a product; it’s an experience unlike anything you’ve tried before. Going from place to place becomes fun. Riders become empowered pedestrians that cover more ground, work smarter, become more productive and move more intelligently. This knowledge manifests itself in an ear-to-ear grin. Not sure what we’re talking about? Stop someone riding a Segway PT the next time you see one and you’ll understand. You’ll probably smile back.