Four wheels good, but two and three wheels better

The first US customers of Segway, Inc.’s new SE-3 Patroller are excited about receiving their machines next month. The Segway SE-3 Patroller is the perfect compliment to two-wheeled, self-balancing Segway i2 SE and x2 SE Patrollers already used daily across more than 1,500 sites worldwide.

The SE-3 Patroller conveys compelling benefits over existing 3- and 4-wheeled solutions, especially when only a single officer (plus gear) needs to get around in busy spaces.

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Vehicles designed to carry one person in a standing position – such as the Segway i2 SE, x2 SE and SE-3 Patrollers – offer many advantages over using an old-fashioned “golf cart.” Golf carts are constructed to carry two, four or more persons, and can weigh upwards of half-a-tonne even when transporting just one person. An officer seated in a golf cart has a poor sight-line and cannot see over or beyond cars and pedestrians. Golf carts are poorly suited for indoor spaces, and take up a lot of room to move and turn. Many moving parts and high curb weight can make for complex and expensive maintenance.

Segway Patrollers on the other hand are lightweight, nimble, and very energy efficient both indoors and out. They provide a 20+cm height elevation over standing, a zero-radius turning (i2 SE and x2 SE) or minimal-radius turning (SE-3). Twin brushless DC motors and direct drive through proven Segway gearbox technology powers all Patrollers with minimum effort and high reliability.

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Availability of the SE-3 Patroller in markets outside America may be some time away due to predicted high demand in the US. An evaluation unit of the SE-3 Patroller is expected in New Zealand during Q3 2014, and we’ll be demonstrating on a nationwide tour of security operators at universities, large factories and worksites, shopping malls and more. You can contact us now if you’d like to book an on-site demonstration.

And yes, when we arrive in Dunedin we will be riding the SE-3 up the world’s steepest street (Baldwin Street, up which we have also driven all models of Segway PT over the years).

Released just last month, the brand new i2 SE and x2 SE Patrollers are available to buy immediately. The new ‘SE’ range is an evolution of the highly regarded i2 and x2 models that have been used nationwide since the University of Canterbury deployed the first two Segway x2’s in a security role in New Zealand at the end of 2006. Today they can be found patrolling many more sites, such as DB Breweries in Manukau, Coca-Cola in Mt Wellington, Sylvia Park shopping centre, and The Base shopping centre in Hamilton.

Use of Segway Personal Transporters in the security sector has a long history in New Zealand. A decade ago the original, first-generation i167 model Segway PT began patrolling Massey University’s Palmerston North campus, and shortly after i170 and i180 ‘Police/Security’ models were deployed at Auckland University, AUT, and Massey’s Albany campus.

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