The experiment launched Thursday, mainly taking place in areas near Tsukuba Station, includes simulation of anticrime patrols using the Segway PT
, a self-balancing vehicle in which the user takes a standing position.
"In truth, the Segway PT
is safe, cheap, quick and extremely eco-friendly.
The objective of the program is to replace the electricity an avid Segway PT rider uses in one year to charge his or her Segway PT, estimated at 200 kilowatt hours (kWh), with electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal.
Anyone who purchases a Segway PT in 2007 can visit www.segway.com/green to register for renewable energy credits to be purchased on their behalf.
"Our customers have already made one significant step in minimizing the greenhouse gas emissions they generate -- they've bought a Segway PT -- one of the most energy efficient, low-emitting transportation options available today," said Jim Norrod, chief executive officer, Segway Inc.
The Segway PT is powered by two electric, rechargeable batteries.
I began my association with the Segway PT
as a tour guide, starting the first Segway touring company in Chicago in 2002.
"Our goal for the second-generation Segway PT was to make a product that truly becomes an extension of your body.
"Dramatic, elegant shapes and finishes, and the use of wireless technology make the new Segway PT a big step forward in the evolution of our product line."
Lean right to go right, lean left to go left - the Segway PT responds as the rider naturally leans in the direction he wants to travel rather than using a handlebar grip for turning.
However, he added, "it's not unusual for a person to claim that an incident that he/she has experienced on a Segway PT
(personal transporter) is related to a recall condition....