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Segway releases trails version of geekmobile

Wacky races get wackier
Mon Aug 14 2006, 12:03
WACKY TRANSPORTER the Segway has received an upgrade.

Version 2 of the Segway has a wireless controller the firm calls Infokey and technology called Leansteer.

That lets you drive the Segway PT as you lean your body rather than using a handlebar, said the firm. In fact, chortles Doug Field, Segway's CTO: "The Segway PT responds instantly to the most subtle motions of your body."

This gives rise to interesting possibilities if you sneeze or cough or your body does more interesting things that we won't dilate on in a family magazine.

alt='infokey'Infokey, pictured here, acts as speedometer, odometer, trip computer and battery gauge. It can go in your pocket or fit on a keychain. Segway now has a trails version of the transporter available called the Segway X2. This is for "the adventurer, the outdoor enthusiast and the rider who wants more terrain capability," said the firm. The X2 will cost $5,495 when it's released in September, has a top speed of 12.5 miles an hour, and can travel for 12 miles on one charge.

The I2 is available now and will cost $5,000.

And there's more to come - with six other versions called Commuter, Police, Commercial Cargo, X2 Golf, X2 Police and X2 Adventure. µ



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