The inventor of the two wheeled transporter called a Segway has died tragically while driving his own product. Jimi Heselden died near his West Yorkshire home in the United Kingdom. The accident happened just days before a study questioning their safety is to be released. Heseleden’s body was found in a river by authorities. Foul play is not suspected.
Heselden didn’t invent the Segway but became the owner when he bought the transport system from inventor Dean Kamen. The Segway was a huge seller on Amazon and was invented in 1999.
Emergency room doctors in a study released today have said that visits due to Segway accidents are increasing. The battery-powered machine travels at a top speed of 12.5 miles per hour and most of the accidents occur when people are new to the device.
Perhaps it is time for Segway to have more hands-on training for their devices to help prevent injuries. It is already recommended that owners of the Segway wear protective helmets to guard against head trauma such as a bicycle helmet.
The Segway is marketed towards individuals and companies and a prospective owner can expect to spend as much as $6,000. There is also a golf variety of a Segway for those who want to move around on the golf course instead of using a golf cart. That model costs about a thousand dollars more.
How a Segway Works
A battery can charge in an outlet for about 8 to 10 hours before it is fully ready to go. A 15 minute charge can make it go one mile per hour before the battery on the Segway lapses.
Segways are steerable by handle bars and can sense changes in terrain and adjust instantly. The devices are technologically brilliant even if they post a safety hazard.
ABC and the Segway website provided information for this article.