This semester, Shana Weitzen, the “Gadget Girl,” investigates consumer technology.
Lately there has been a lot of talk about creating environmentally friendly modes of transportation—hybrid cars, electric cars, less polluting trains and more. However there is one way to get around that bears more investigation: the Segway, a two-wheeled, electric-powered “mobility device” that hit the market in 2001. The Segway never caught on in a big way—actually it’s banned in New York and San Francisco—but could it work in LA? With this in mind, I tried one out.
Segway employee, Tresa Hill, explained the ins-and-outs of the Segway and let me cruise around for a while. The mobility device feels like a motorized razor scooter that your body controls. When I leaned to the right, for example, the Segway followed my motion. I didn’t expect to have so much fun on a vehicle I didn’t need to exert much effort in controlling. We were next to the Santa Monica Pier soaking up the sun without breaking a sweat.
But is Segway possible as an everyday vehicle? Read more »