Segway to End Production of Its Personal Transporter
BBC News reported that Segway would stop production of its famous two-wheeled scooter, the Segway Personal Transporter, on July 15.
The American engineer Dean Kamen, the creator of this vehicle, expected a revolution in transport, but in two decades of existence of the model there was no breakthrough.
Two-wheeled Segways have been used by police and tourist guides in several major cities. But these personal transporters have not found wide application among the population and companies. Segway expected to sell more than 100,000 transporters in the first 13 months after the launch of the product, but in19 years no more than 140,000 were sold.
Among the reasons for this failure, experts mentioned their high cost, lack of design changes and the complexity of control system, which repeatedly led to accidents, including fatalities. The loudest case was the death of Segway owner James Heselden in September 2010, when he fell from a rock into a river. Supposedly, he couldn't handle the control of his Segway transporter.
For his part Kamen argued that the reasons for low sales were the reliability of the Segway and its durability.
However, the current owner of Segway, Chinese company Ninebot, has decided to take the transporters out of production as sales of these scooters generated only 1.5% of profit last year.