Segway joins the Arms Race
Signs up with UK defence contractor
Segway, the unfeasibly slow 'Human Transporter', is coming to the UK, courtesy of a distribution deal with BAE Systems.
This is not at first sight a match made in Heaven: BAE is the UK's biggest defence contractor, making the likes of guided missiles, and whizzy electronics stuffed into machines that kill. So can we expect an military assault version of the two-wheeled wonder?
Alas, no. BAE is responsible for the gyro system which makes the Segway stand upright, but in this instance, it is merely to market the machine in the defence and aerospace sectors, for which there are many applications. So says Dean Kamen, certified genius inventor and chairman of Segway LLC.
Granted, motorised scooters are cheaper than tanks. And young soldiers these days need all the help they can get. We blame junk food and computer games. ®