Well the first impression I got on the NEW Segway Drift W1’s look is a bit dorky. They’re a little like motor-powered Heelys, those sneakers with wheels in the heel that exploded in 2008. Lets say that the wheel were not that big but still.
After roller skates, inline skates and other fun mobility products in the past, the next new trend is born in 2018: the e-Skates. The new Segway Drift W1 effects all the fun and coolness you expect from Segway’s consumer products line, combined with the high-quality design and manufacture, th consumers expect from the Segway label. Perfect for the modern generation who dare to stand out and generate new trends.
It’s silly to ignore Segway and their never-ending quest to solve personal mobility and the “last-mile-problem.” Beijing-based transportation robotics startup Ninebot acquired segway in 2015, which raised $180M from Sequoia Capital, Xiaomi, Intel, and more.
Pros: Self-balancing will help a wider range of people ride them, looks like you don’t need special boots or shoes. Just the people like me who want to have this but not a master in rollerskate-ing.
Cons: Short wheel base will make it hard to keep self-balancing going on rough terrain, and will require a lot of power/short range compromise.
I love to give these wheelers a try. It will probably produced fun and falling down, bum-crashing scenes though.
The Segway-Ninebot amalgam designs and produces every scooter used by scooter-sharing startups Bird and Lime. Both startups have exploded in demand across the US, each raising $350M+ to bring dockless electric scooters to a sidewalk near you. Segway is everywhere.
Everybody is trying to increase short-distance journey. The world’s first flying car launched two weeks ago with a review from Casey Neistat, and Elon Musk’s Boring Company wants to build tunnels that criss-cross cities to cut down community time. The city of Chicago just signed a $1B contract with the company. 🕳️
If you’re intimidated by Segway’s latest creation, Paris-based Flaneurz are clip-on rollerskates that attach to any pair of sneakers.
Further product specifications and expected availability of the Segway Drift W1 to EMEA markets are expected to be announced soon and may differ by region. Learn more at eu-en.segway.com. The official Segway Drift W1 video can be watched here: https://youtu.be/UO4JsKrWZzY
Segway is moving in a brand new and exciting direction. For years, you’ve known us as the world leader in commercial-grade, electric, self-balancing personal transportation. After strategically merging with Ninebot, we reevaluated our product lines, as well as target markets, and made some bold changes. We’re now also applying our world-renowned intellectual property to consumer products, with a sharp focus on transportation for lifestyle and recreational riders, and not looking back. For more information, please visit http://eu-en.segway.com.