A sceptical article about the hype on an interesting, weird even, new
transport invention launched this week. Look at the picture. But in any
case unlikely to have much relevance in poor countries in near future with a
$3000 price tag.
Segway's assault on walking
Dean Kamen's much-hyped superscooter is a slothful step in the wrong
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By Christopher Orlet
Dec. 7, 2001 | Dean Kamen readily admits that his Segway Human Transporter,
unveiled Dec. 3, is not the futuristic answer to his nation's transportation
woes, crowded highways and poor public transit, nor will it replace the SUV,
the bus or the commuter train. The push-lawnmower-size scooter travels only
12.5 miles per hour with a 17-mile range between charges. It will have no
impact on air quality nor will it reduce the reliance on fossil fuels.