Who is Segway
Segway Inc. is the worldwide leader in personal electric transportation. Founded in 1999 by renowned inventor, Dean Kamen, Segway has always strived to provide high-quality, safe, and reliable products for its customers. Whether you’re a police officer using the Segway PT Patroller to enhance your community policing efforts, or a college student using the Drift W1 to get to class, our aim is to provide you with the best products on the market.
1999 – Renowned inventor Dean Kamen founds “the Company”, later to be known as Segway.
2001 – February – Segway breaks ground on its manufacturing plant and HQ in Bedford, NH.
2001 – December –The Segway Human Transporter (HT), now known as the Segway Personal Transporter (PT) is unveiled on Good Morning America.
2002 – January – The first pre-production Segway PTs are manufactured.
2002 – November – Segway PTs go on sale to the public through Amazon.com.
2003 – February – Segway RMP is born through a contract with DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).
2004 – November – Segway’s concept four-wheel ATV prototype is featured in TIME Magazine as one of the “Best Inventions of 2004”.
2005 – March – Segway announces its first Segway Cross-Terrain Transporter (XT), which is equipped with extended-range lithium-ion batteries and features all-terrain tires, a robust fender design and specially tuned software for riding over varied terrain.
2006 – August – Segway introduces the second generation Segway PT, featuring breakthrough LeanSteer™ technology and a wireless InfoKey™ controller that enhances the Segway PT experience. The new product line includes the versatile Segway i2 and the cross-terrain model, the Segway x2.
2008 – August – The Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics deploys more than 100 Segway PTs to be used by its delegates, selected in part because it is a zero emissions transportation device and an environmentally friendly solution.
2009 – May – After incorporating the specific input of experienced law enforcement and security professionals, Segway introduces two new Patroller models that provide public safety personnel with features that ensure greater visibility and improve community policing and security programs.
2009 – December – Segway is acquired by James ‘Jimi’ Heselden, a prominent British entrepreneur. The Company continues to be privately held.
2011 – March – Segway expands its business model and creates the “Segway Experience Center Program”. The new program provides tour locations the flexibility to be affiliated with Segway Inc. as an authorized tour operator, with the option to sell PTs.
2012 – October – Segway launches ARTI, its latest Robotics Mobility Platform (RMP) prototype. Its name (an abbreviation of the word ‘articulate’) was derived from the platform’s articulated steering method.
2013 – February – Segway is acquired by Summit Strategic Investments, LLC and announces plans to grow its product portfolio and drive personal transportation innovation worldwide.
2014 – March – Segway launches an update to its core products with the i2 SE and x2 SE Personal Transporters. The updates include gliding lights, to be better seen in low-light conditions, and a redesigned foot mat, enhanced for rider comfort.
2014 – May – Segway launches its first three-wheel personal transportation device, the SE-3 Patroller, for the public safety market. It boasts Segway quality and reliability as well as innovative anti-tip technology.
2015 – April – Segway and Ninebot, Inc. complete strategic combination. The combined company will focus on research and development, manufacturing, sales and service in the short-distance transportation industry.
2016 – June – Segway launches the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO, a revolutionary hands-free personal transporter for the consumer market. It’s Segway’s first product launch since the combination of Ninebot and Segway.
2016 – December – Segway launches the One S1, a compact, electric unicycle, aimed at riders 16+ who are looking for a challenge. Like all Segway consumer products, the One S1 has been certified to UL’s coveted 2272 standards, reinforcing its quality.
2017 – August – Segway expands its line of consumer-priced personal electric transportation with the addition of the miniLITE and the miniPLUS.
2017 – October – Segway announces the arrival of its latest product, the Ninebot KickScooter by Segway. These electric scooters, including the ES1, ES2, and ES4 models, will soon kick off the scooter sharing craze.
2018 – July – Continuing its history of innovative transportation solutions, Segway launches its first pair of electric skates, the Segway Drift W1.
2018 – July – Segway launches its most unique accessory ever, the Ninebot Gokart Kit. This kit can be used in conjunction with the Ninebot S to create a fully functional go-kart.
2019 – June – The Ninebot KickScooter MAX is launched on Indiegogo. The MAX will have the longest range of any electric scooter on the market and becomes one of the most funded e-scooters in Indiegogo’s history.