The History of Segway Inc.

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1999 – Renowned inventor Dean Kamen founded the company later to be known as Segway.

 

2001 – February:  Segway breaks ground on its manufacturing plant and HQ's 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 PT's are manufactured.

 

2002 – November:  Segway PT's 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 PT's 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 PT's.

 

2012 – October:  Segway launches ARTI, its latest Robotics Mobility Platform (RMP) prototype. It's 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 it's 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 & development, manufacturing, sales and service in the short-distance transportation industry.

 

2015 - December:  Segway Launches Ninebot by Segway miniPRO, a revolutionary hands-free Personal Transporter for the consumer market. It is Segway's first product launch since the combination of Ninebot and Segway.