- What's a glide?
A glide is a trip you take on a Segway PT. We like the term because it simply and accurately describes the easy and smooth riding motion of a PT. Gliding is a fun way to meet new people, see the sights, or just get out and enjoy the day.
- What is it like to glide on a Segway PT?
Gliding on a Segway PT feels like nothing you've ever experienced! Step on and your instincts take over. You'll quickly realize that the Segway PT will respond similarly to how you balance yourself – as if it were an extension of your body. Simply lean forward slightly and the PT will move in response. It all feels incredibly natural and really cool.
- What's the Segway Smile?
The PT is more than a product; it's an experience. Going from place to place becomes fun. Riders are empowered pedestrians that cover more ground, work smarter, are more productive and move more intelligently. The experience of gliding manifests itself in an ear-to-ear grin known as the Segway Smile.
- How does The PT move? How does it balance?
The PT senses the lean of the rider with the assistance of five micro-machined angular rate sensors and two accelerometers that sense the angle of the PT with respect to gravity at 100 times per second. It balances the rider by applying forces to the ground in the direction of the lean. If you lean forward the PT applies motor torque to the wheel to push it forward, bring you upright and balance you. When you lean back, it applies reverse torque to slow you down and balance you accordingly.
The Segway PT's Leansteer technology encourages riders to lean and move from Point A to B. It does so by using the sideways lean measurements of the rider, along with the roll angle of the platform, to generate acceleration. Gently move the handlebar and LeanSteer frame in the direction you want to travel and feel the PT respond.
- How much does a Segway PT cost?
Due to exchange rates, tariffs and other taxes, pricing may vary. It's best to contact your local Authorized Segway Dealer/Distributor, using our locator, to discuss pricing.
- Is it legal to use a Segway PT in my country?
For international regulatory inquiries, please contact your country's distributor. In general, no U.S. state prohibits the use of Segway PTs, however local regulations may exist. Click here to review a list of domestic regulations by state. However, we strongly recommend that riders contact their local legislature for the most current information regarding the use of PTs in public areas.
- Is the Segway PT more efficient than a car?
Yes. The Segway PT is 11 times more efficient than the average American car1 and over 3 times more efficient than even the highest-mileage scooters. As a zero-emissions vehicle, the Segway PT can also go indoors. It does draw electric power during recharge, but that electricity causes 14 times less greenhouse gas emissions2 than a car. Click here to review our whitepaper, The Role of the Segway PT in Emissions Reduction and Energy Efficiency.
2 US Environmental Protection Agency
- Does a Segway PT fit in the trunk of a car?
Yes. It will fit into most car trunks. The PT’s LeanSteer frame detaches from the powerbase to give you more flexibility when transporting it. The height of a LeanSteer frame may be adjusted to ensure a rider’s comfort. This also allows the unit to be stored more easily. Keep in mind that the Tool-less Release Accessory, which is available for purchase, can be used to easily detach the LeanSteer frame from the base.
- Does the Segway PT have weight limits?
Yes. Segway sets weight limits for rider safety and to reduce the risk of damage to a Segway PT. A rider must not be less than 100 lbs. (45 kg). The PT’s maximum payload (which includes the rider and all cargo) is 260 lbs. (117 kg). The total weight of any handlebar cargo plus any additional attachments hanging from the handlebar should not exceed 10 lbs. (4.5 kg).
- How fast can the Segway PT travel?
Each Segway PT is equipped with two operational settings, ‘beginner’ or ‘turtle’ mode and ‘standard’ mode. The beginner setting is set to 6 mph/13 kph and the standard setting is set to travel up to 12.5 mph/20 kph. 12.5 mph is roughly equivalent to a 5-minute mile.
- How far can a Segway PT go on a single charge?
On a single charge the i2 can support up to 24 miles/38 km of travel, while the x2 can support a trip of up to 12 miles/19 km. Keep in mind that travel distances are dependent on payload, riding style and terrain. In addition, batteries will recharge when traveling down hills. You'll be amazed at just how far the PT can take you.
- How do you charge a Segway PT?
A standard wall outlet charges a Segway PT's batteries. To fully recharge the batteries from empty requires 8-10 hours. However, your PT may be plugged in to top off its charge at any time.
- Can I use the Segway PT in the rain?
Yes. The PT is sealed to allow it to operate in wet weather. Just be careful as slippery surfaces can be hazardous. Keep in mind that the unit is not designed to withstand being submerged in water. Therefore, you should avoid exposing the PT to heavy downpours and extended periods of heavy rain.
- What's the InfoKey™ controller?
The InfoKey controller is a key and dashboard for your unit. Each is uniquely programmed to start and lock a specific Segway PT. It also provides real-time information on battery life, speed and system performance. In addition, it features a security system to discourage anyone from tampering with the unit should you need to leave it parked. The security function is intended for use when you are in the general area and able to respond to an alarm.
- How many wireless InfoKey controllers come with the Segway PT?
Two wireless InfoKey controllers are included in the box with each Segway PT.
- Can I reprogram my InfoKey controller?
You can do some basic programming, such as setting the time, date and whether you want the display to show miles or kilometers. You can also set the beginner setting speed, standard setting speed and ‘off’ time for Standby mode. Please refer to your User Materials for further details. Please refer to your User Materials for further details or contact your local dealer/distributor for additional InfoKey support.
- Can the speed setting for a PT be locked?
Yes. Each InfoKey controller can be locked in the beginner setting by pressing a special sequence of buttons. You can also set the beginner setting speed, standard setting speed and ‘off’ time for standby mode. Further customization is possible by programming the InfoKey controller at the Segway factory. Programming each InfoKey controller separately is an additional service offered to customers that can be quoted per account by your local dealer. Contact email@example.com for additional questions relating to this topic.
- Can I configure my own accessory packages?
Yes. Accessories packages were chosen based on the specific needs of our customers, but you can customize your very own package using Segway approved accessories. Contact your local Segway Dealer/Distributor for options, availability and pricing.
- Can I order Segway PT accessories online?
U.S. residents may purchase authorized PT accessories (designed, tested and approved by Segway) from our online store. Please note that accessories that are not listed here on our website are not Segway authorized or endorsed. Additional items, including replacement parts, are available by contacting your local Authorized Segway Dealer. Non-U.S. residents should contact their local Authorized Segway Distributor.
- Can you insure a Segway PT?
We recommend you contact your insurance company or local agent to find out what type of coverage is available for a Segway PT. Progressive Insurance does provide personal use coverage for Segway PTs in most US states. Call 1-800-PROGRESSIVE or visit www.progressive.com/segway for more. For international insurance inquiries, please contact your country's distributor.
- Do you still manufacture the first generation of Segway Personal Transporters (e167, i167, i170/180, XT/GT, p133)?
No. We only manufacture ‘Gen II’ or second generation products. These include the Segway PT i2 and x2. However, if you need assistance, we still offer support for our first generation models. Contact your local dealer/distributor or Segway support with questions.
- Should I try to troubleshoot issues with my Segway PT before contacting my local dealer?
There are certain problems you can troubleshoot on your own before contacting your Authorized Dealer, Distributor or Segway Technical Support. Refer to your Reference Manual for details. You may also contact firstname.lastname@example.org with service questions.
- Is there any recall information I should know about?
Segway has had two voluntary recalls in its history — in 2003 and 2006. You can find recall information here.
- How do I keep my Segway PT clean?
You can keep your Segway PT looking squeaky clean with mild soap and water. Please do not use a pressure washer or a high pressure hose and be sure to keep water away from the charging port. In addition, please note that we do not recommend products that protect and shine rubber, plastic and vinyl surfaces as these products may reduce tire traction and increase the risk of a fall.
- How do I care for my Segway PT during the winter months?
Prepare your Segway PT for cold weather and winter storage by referencing our Winter Maintenance Tips document (PDF). This document will provide you with guidelines on how to properly maintain your Segway PT during the winter months.
- Can I travel with my Segway PT? What about the lithium-ion batteries?
Several mass transportation providers have specific regulations regarding travel with Segway PTs. Some providers treat them as baggage or an assistive device, others do not. In general, the lithium-ion batteries on Segway i2s and x2s are considered hazardous material and are not allowed on commercial passenger airlines. Still, you can ship your Segway PT anywhere by ground. Check with your local transit provider for more information.
- Do I have to be hazardous material certified to ship my Segway PT?
Yes. Shipping PT batteries requires that you be 'hazmat' certified. All major shipping companies are qualified to ship hazmat material appropriately and safely. Contact your local dealer/distributor for assistance.
- How should I dispose of my old batteries from a Segway PT?
Segway and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation encourage you to help preserve our environment by returning your unwanted batteries to the nearest hazmat recycling collection point.
- Where can I find my Segway PT's serial number?
Stand behind the PT and lift the back edge of the right floor mat to expose the barcode label. There will be a 12-digit number printed directly on the base of the unit. Be sure to write it down and store it in a safe place.
- How do I register my warranty with Segway Inc. after purchasing my Segway PT at a dealership?
Your Authorized Segway Dealer/Distributor will register your machine(s) for you within 72 hours of purchase. If you have questions regarding your warranty, please contact your local dealer directly.
- I purchased a used Segway PT from a private party. How do I transfer ownership to my name to take advantage of the remaining warranty?
To transfer ownership, you must provide a written request to Segway Customer Care. Please include a copy of the original invoice or bill of sale identifying the previous owner, the unit’s serial number and your contact information -- including name, address, telephone and email address. Fax this information to Segway Customer Care at +1.603.222.6001 or email it and attach your proof of purchase. You can also reach us toll-free at +1-866-4SEGWAY to speak with one of our helpful customer care associates.
- How can I stay connected with Segway Inc. and informed about Segway products?
We enjoy being in touch and keeping you current on Segway news. We currently maintain 2 blogs and multiple social media sites. Click here to visit the 'Stay Connected' page of our website and begin following us today!
- What is a Segway Patroller?
The Patroller is a PT that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the security and law enforcement communities. It is often used in downtown areas, airports, entertainment venues, hotels and convention centers as a community policing and patrolling tool. Click here to view the Segway for Patrol website.
- How can I set up a Segway Patroller Evaluation at my department?
It’s easy. Click here to submit a Segway Patroller Evaluation request.
- Do you offer grant research/grant writing assistance, leasing or sponsorships program to help departments and agencies purchase Segway Patrollers?
For international grant research/grant writing assistance, leasing or sponsorships program inquiries please contact your country's distributor. Within the United States, we do offer these program. Click here to learn more about all the procurement options we offer domestically.
DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND TOURS
- How do I become an Authorized Segway Dealer or Distributor?
Segway is always looking to work with enthusiastic, driven entrepreneurs to further expand our global network of dealers and distributors. Click here to visit our ‘Join Our Global Network’ page. You'll find more information and an application.
Click here to visit Segway Patrol FAQs
- How do I become an Authorized Segway PT Tour?
Tours are only considered authorized when affiliated with Segway Inc. or an international Segway distributor. Authorized tours are listed on Segway Inc.’s website and are required to follow strict training and safety guidelines. Click here to visit our ‘Join Our Global Network’ page where you’ll find an application to become a U.S. Segway Experience Center (SEC). Please direct inquiries regarding international tours to that country’s distributor. Click here to locate a distributor.
- Where can I take a Segway PT Tour?
You can find a Segway PT Tour literally in every corner of the world. Please click here to visit our Authorized Tour Locator on segway.com
- How can I learn more about Segway’s RMP product line?
The RMP product line is based on proprietary technology that has been deployed and proven in rugged environments across the globe as part of the durable Segway PT. Segway’s RMP engineers lead the industry in the areas of drive-by-wire technology, advanced sensing systems, dynamic stabilization and smart battery management. For more information or to contact the RMP team, click here.
Click here to visit Segway RMP FAQs
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