Archive for April, 2010
Whatever your want, need or desire, Segway New Zealand is pleased to announce that every Segway Personal Transporter (PT) model is once again in stock ready for immediate delivery.
Supply from the US factory has been intermittent during the first quarter of 2010, meaning we couldn’t always deliver the model a customer wanted most without a wait.
We have both i2 and x2 of every configuration and option (package) including i2 and x2 Patrollers – all ready to go. But after filling back-orders this week, remaining stock is limited so if you’re serious about taking home a Segway PT do get in touch.
Fleets of Segway PTs will be working and playing hard at New Zealand’s largest sporting event of the year in Hamilton this weekend. More the 130,000 people are expected to attend the thrills at this loud, action packed event where V8 Supercars race through the streets of Hamilton city.
Andy Boulton is the manager and early on in the planning process for this year’s event he recognised how useful the Segway PT could be – not just for himself but for his key staff. Segway NZ has provided five PTs for this purpose and visitors will see them in constant use.
For the third season in a row, Hamilton City Council have again hired PTs for their Ambassador’s – look for PTs fitted with our unique Segway Sails (emblazoned with “Ask Me”) – helping out the public and answering questions. Just two staff on PTs can cover nine times the area in the same time compared with staff on foot. It is immediately clear that PTs can reduce costs and improve service across all manner of services provided by NZ city councils – from parking wardens to ‘City Safe’ street officers, parks & recreation staff to building inspectors visiting inner-city locations.
St John will have their pair of “Segway Ambulances” deployed to provide rapid response through the packed crowds. These PTs carry much more gear than staff on foot, and navigate more safely and many times faster through dense crowds than bicycle medics or golf carts are able.
Waikato Security will be on patrol on their first Segway i2 Patroller purchased in 2009 (already seen at many Hamilton events over the last six months) as one of the providers of site security.
Find out all about the Segway Personal Transporter range at Segway NZ’s site in a prime location. Take a free short ride on a Segway PT and see our complete range – including a unique Ferrari Segway PT. There were only 40 of these made in the Ferrari factory in Italy, of which only two are in the Southern Hemisphere – both in NZ (the other is in a private collection). We’ll have the i2, x2 and x2 Golf models available to ride, plus legacy models on display so you can see where the Segway PT started and where it has come to today.
Sal’s Pizza launched as a start-up business in the middle of the 2009 recession, and they decided they’d be the first in NZ to deliver pizza-to-the-door on PTs. By adopting this solution Sal’s principals Ceiran and Nick were seeking two key commercial benefits:
(1) a unique point of difference to stand out from the competition
(2) a way to deliver pizza around the CBD that was quick, safe and easy
What they got by deploying two branded Segway PTs was so much more. Not only were they instantly advertising their business whilst out delivering, the PTs became a talking point (“Have you had awesome pizza from that new place that delivers on Segways?” could be overheard at water coolers in offices throughout the city). Moreover, this clean, green and quiet mobility solution enabled Sal’s to deliver more fresh, hot pizza, faster and further any other solution they trialled before launch.
Sal’s is located in the heart of downtown Auckland on Commerce Street. They’ve discovered delivery by foot is efficient only up to 1 block away – at most. For just about everything else, Segway PTs rule the roost: they are fastest up to about a 2km radius (eg: Parnell, K’Rd, College Hill, etc). For deliveries further afield Sal’s uses a small car. They tested various options before committing to two PTs. The Segway PTs proved much faster in and around the CBD compared against bicycles, scooters, small motorcycles and cars – especially so at rush hour (which is Sal’s busiest time – and the relatively short window in which there is the best opportunity to generate revenue). They found that PTs can take through-block access ways and short cuts, and are also much safer for staff than bikes or scooters/motorcycles. It comes as no surprise that Sal’s reports there has not been a single incident involving pedestrians. Unlike any other transport device, the Segway PT was developed from the ground up to be safe and appropriate in pedestrian environments, and have established a proven record supported by many properly conducted safety studies along with almost a decade of active deployment use in the busiest cities in the world.
Engadet has some great photos and video of Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak whizzing up to an Apple Store in San Francisco on his signature yellow Segway i180 to grab one of the first iPads.
Woz is a long-time Segway PT enthusiast who has played a key role in the development and ever-increasing popularity of Segway PT Polo. He was one of the ‘Aftershocks’ team members who came out to Auckland in 2006 to challenge New Zealand’s ‘Pole Blacks’ for the inaugural Woz Challenge Cup (the result was a 2-all draw).
Thank you again for the sponsorship of the Segway for the Nightglow. It was another huge crowd of approx 80,000 and this made life so much easier for our H&S Officer to negotiate her way through the crowd” – Michele Connell (General Manager, Balloons over Waikato).
Segway PTs have proven themselves time and again to be an essential tool for Event Management. Following on from last week’s Balloons Over Waikato, look for PTs being widely deployed at the Hamilton V8s for the third year in a row.
Rob Fife, CEO of Air New Zealand, was one of three executives who competed on Segway PTs in a time-trial competition to collect a grab bag of goodies from stall holders at the annual Air New Zealand Eco-Day in Auckland this week. It was his first time on a PT, and said it was so much easier than flying a 747. Air NZ runs the Eco-Day as an opportunity for businesses to present their initiatives and products, while educating people about Air NZ’s own world-leading efforts to reduce emissions. As a zero-emission electric vehicle with a very low environmental impact, the Segway PT was once again popular with visitors.