(Reuters) – Segway Inc is ending production of its two-wheeled individual transporter vehicle that gained acceptance amongst vacationers and some police forces, but uncovered itself embroiled in mishaps with renowned personalities.
Launched nearly two decades ago, the firm will quit manufacturing the Segway PT starting off July fifteen as it shifts concentrate to other units these types of as its shared scooter organization, it mentioned on Tuesday. The product accounted for less than 1.five% of the Bedford, New Hampshire-dependent company’s income last calendar year.
Two other types, the Segway SE-3 Patroller and the Segway Robotics Mobility System, will halt creation in a transfer that will direct to 21 position cuts.
The brainchild of inventor Dean Kamen, the first Segway design carries 1 consumer standing on a modest system concerning two facet-by-aspect wheels. Leaning a little bit forward moves the scooter forward, leaning again reverses course and turns are built by twisting the cope with.
The enterprise has also been at the centre of several substantial-profile crashes, like the toppling of Jamaican speedster Usain Bolt during his victory lap by a Segway-sure cameraman in 2015.(reut.rs/2Cu8xbk)
In 2003, previous United States President George Bush was also famously captured on movie slipping off his Segway.
In April 2015, Chinese transportation robotics organization Ninebot obtained the firm, about half a yr soon after Segway named Ninebot in a patent infringement grievance. (reut.rs/3hTUJHn)
The put together business has since branched out into electric scooters and has turn out to be the major provider for scooter-sharing corporations these types of as Chook and Lime. (reut.rs/2NptCWL)
Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru Enhancing by Maju Samuel