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Segway Inc. - A ‘New Millennium’ Story

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The year before the turn of the New Millennium, renowned American inventor Dean Kamen founds “the Company”, which later becomes known as Segway Inc.

Segway breaks ground on its American manufacturing plant and HQ in Bedford, New Hampshire. Before the end of the year, the Segway Human Transporter (HT), now the Segway Personal Transporters (PT), is unveiled on the American television show Good Morning America.

A month later, in January 2002, the first pre-production Segway PTs are manufactured. They will go on sale to the public through Amazon.com in November 2002.

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.

A year later, 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.

Taking the world’s stage at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Beijing deploys more than 100 Segway PTs to be used by its delegates. Segway PTs are selected in part because it is a zero emissions transportation device and an environmentally friendly solution.

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. The same year, James ‘Jimi’ Heselden, a prominent British entrepreneur, acquires Segway. The Company continues to be privately held.

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.

Segway and Ninebot, Inc. complete their strategic combination. The combined company focuses on research and development, manufacturing, sales and service in the short-distance transportation industry. In December, Segway launches Ninebot by Segway miniPRO, a revolutionary hands-free personal transporter for the consumer market. Also in 2015, Groupe Alliance becomes the official Canadian distributor of Segway and Ninebot products in Canada.