Pedestrians can often breathe on Váci Street in Budapest, and in the future they are less likely to be run over by a Segway – and not necessarily because the downtown municipality has banned two-wheeled vehicles from pedestrian streets.
After almost twenty years, say goodbye to the Segway, a two-wheeled, basically rebalanced urban electric vehicle whose great future, specifically urban transport reform, was predicted when it was released in 2001.
The concept seemed really good at first, but the rather expensive one. device or a series of accidents resulting from unusual driving habits did not explicitly help its spread. The manufacturing company was eventually bought by one of China’s rivals, Ninebot, in 2015, but e-rollers that are already growing in mushroom mode have finally given the vehicle category a pound of grace.
Segway also made history through famous accidents, such as the spectacular fall of the then President of the United States, George W. Bush, in 2003, and shortly before, Vice President Dick Cheney. One of the most publicized Segway accidents occurred at the 2015 World Athletics Championships, when a two-wheeled cameraman struck Usain Bolt, who was selflessly celebrating his 200-meter sprint victory.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.