It’s been almost two decades since the Segway personal transporter (PT) made its global debut. Unfortunately, its run has come to an end, as Segway Inc. has just announced that it is halting production of its self-balancing two-wheeler.
According to a Reuters report, the company will officially cut manufacturing on July 15, 2020, as it shifts its focus to its other products and business units. The company also reported that the Segway PT accounted for less than 1.5% of its revenue in 2019.
The PT was arguably one of the pioneers of alternative mobility, arriving way before electric kick scooters and electric bicycles ever did. It gained popularity over the years as a viable alternative to using traditional transport vehicles for short-distance trips, particularly among law enforcers and security personnel. In fact, it even starred in the two Paul Blart: Mall Cop films.
Throughout its lifespan, the PT was subject to scrutiny several times after multiple incidents, some involving high-profile personalities. But no matter what people say, it would be a disservice to the brand to say that the self-balancing two-wheeler didn’t help pave the way for the various mobility solutions we have today.
While the Segway didn’t catch on as much here in the Philippines like it did in other countries, this news still marks the end of an era.