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Brits find “Revolution in Transport” to be revolting

It was supposed to launch a revolution in personal transport but has been stopped in its tracks by a strict interpretation of a 170-year-old law. The British government has declared that the Segway Human Transporter — a $5,000 self-balancing scooter — cannot be used in any public place.

The scooter, which has been described unkindly as a pogo stick on wheels, arrived with great fanfare in 2001. Dean Kamen, its American inventor, suggested that it would be the solution to all transport woes. Queues of exhaust-belching cars would soon be replaced by squadrons of Segway riders gliding silently along at 12 mph.

Kamen said then that it “will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy.”


August 23, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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