Exploring a city on a Segway is an exciting way to learn about a place in a way that is different from a traditional walking tour. Segway tours allow visitors to cover a larger territory in a shorter amount of time. Participants are given a Segway PT (Personal Transporter), a helmet and a set of headphones so they can hear the tour guide. The guide's voice is projected through the headphones, and the tourists are guided from one place to the next just as they would be in a traditional tour.
The Segway was unveiled in late 2001. The device is manufactured in the USA, and is a two-wheeled, self balancing electric vehicle. The name Segway is a homophone of the word segue (a smooth transition, literally Italian for "follows"). Computers and motors in the base of the Segway keep the device upright when powered on with balancing enabled. A rider is able to command the Segway to go forward by shifting his or her weight forward on the platform. The opposite is true if weight is shifted backward. The Segway is able to detect, as it balances, the change in the center of mass. It then maintains a corresponding speed, forward or backward, through the use of gyroscopic sensors and fluid-based leveling sensors that are used to detect the shifting weight. In order to turn the device, the user manipulates the handlebar left or right like a bicycle. Segways are able to go up to 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h).
Segways have found great success in niche markets including transportation for various law enforcement departments, corporate campuses and of course, tourism! Over the past 10 years, the number of Segway operated tours globally has increased rapidly. A small list of popular markets with Segways is listed below:
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