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First conceptualized as the iBot, a powered wheelchair using dynamic stabilization technology, the Segway Personal Transporter was created first and foremost with manufacturing reliability and safe usage in mind.
Inventor Dean Karmen quickly furthered the idea: why not use a two-wheel, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle for short distance travel in purpose of reducing travel time, primarily in urban settings? The concept of a personal mobility vehicle that is friendly to the environment garners interest from some of the world’s most notable visionaries, including Steve Jobs, and financing institutions such as Credit Suisse and First Boston, which allow the development of the first Segway PT. A few years later, The I2 and X2 models enter the market, as the second generation of Segway PTs.
In Canada, safety studies have been conducted in the Provinces of British Columbia and Quebec. Conducted as a two-fold project in 2004 and 2006, the pilot project for evaluating motorized personal transportation devices and the pilot project for evaluating Segway vehicles in real conditions were prepared by the Centre for Electric Vehicle Experimentation in Quebec (CEVEQ). The 2006 study concludes that Segway PTs “be permitted to operate in urban pedestrian areas and be subject to regulations based on the proposed traffic standards.” Similar conclusions have been reached in a 2016 Nova Scotia two-year pilot study that states, amongst other, the safe usage of Segway PTs in rainy conditions.