If respectability is not your style, and you prefer the wind into your face, you should learn to ride an electric vehicle that has a self-equalizing system – on a scooter Segway (Segway).

Thanks to it, you will become from the banal pedestrian to the “advanced” owner of the fashionable mode of transport. Ride it you can easily learn in 10 minutes.

Well, go ahead for learning segway? Then welcome to the brief instructions!

In English the Segway (Segway) is an Electric Scooter (scooter), having one wheel on each side.

Its name a Scooter has got from the musical term «segue», which means “smooth transition from one state to another”

A Design
As can be seen from the figure, two wheels are on the same axis, but not as a conventional scooter. With the help of special technology Dynamic Stabilization, which is triggered 100 times per second, it is easy to identify the slightest violation of the balance during a change of driver’s body. A hygroscopic liquid tilt sensor help it, they feed signals to the microprocessor. And those in turn affect the engine. Each wheel has its own segway electric motor that initiates the rotation and responds to any changes in the equilibrium scooter.

A segway speed depends on the angle of inclination the rider forward. The stronger the rider tilts the body forward, the higher the speed is. If a rider takes him back, Segway slows down, stops or gives back up. To make a turn, the slopes to the left and right are used. For example, you decided to turn left. You lean to the left, while the left wheel motor slows down, then begins to rotate in the opposite direction, due to what the scooter turns where you need. With such a mechanism, Segway needs no handlebars, no brakes.

A maximum speed of segway is 20 km / h. Without batteries it weighs about 40 kg with a width of 60 cm and a payload of 140 kg. Power battery lasts somewhere for 40 km, depending on the model. Electric motors for machines were compact, but powerful enough – about 2 hp. With its own wheel each of them is connected by gears. Movement is possible both on the asphalt, and soil. The inventor of a segway is Dean Caymen, on the development of his offspring he had spent a whole decade, and presented it to the public in 2001.

For 10 years, Segway became very popular in the U.S. New items were accepted and appreciated by the police patrols, postal workers, lovers of golf and other publicity. At Segway operators are very convenient to move around without shaking on the set. This design with enthusiasm was accepted by the representatives of the environmental movement “a city without cars” Segway is intensively advertised on the American media. However, when comparing its price with the cost of an inexpensive car enthusiastic audience visibly ebbed. Commercially available more primitive counterparts devices with four wheels and without absorbent stabilization are four times cheaper, and also significantly reduce consumer demand. In addition, on the road the driver of a Segway is at a high risk. Segways on the sidewalk are dangerous for pedestrians.

Legislation of European countries in various ways restricts the usage of Segway. Italy, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan allow moving with them. Australia, Britain and Germany (except for the province of Saarland) prohibit their usage. In the U.S., some states allow Segway rides on sidewalks.

So far, the Segway is not so common in Kiev, but you can try this novelty of movement as an interesting tour through the beautiful parks in the Ukrainian capital.

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