Segway in Public Spaces

In 2001, the inventor Dean Kamen presented the Segway, whose self-balancing technology had initially been developed for an electric wheel chair. right unten: Fahrzeugeinweisung Neunkirchen, Austria Aufnahme Segway ….

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Segway in Public Spaces
Preface … vii
Content …ix
Summary …xi
Background… 1
1 Pilot study … 3
1.1 Device … 3
1.2 Pilot project … 4
1.3 Project partners … 4
1.4 Definition of problems … 4
1.5 Aim … 5
1.6 Methods and procedures … 5
1.7 Activities … 7
I. Data collecting … 9
2 Classification of the Segway … 11
2.1 Survey of similar devices … 11
2.2 Survey of the legal basis … 13
2.3 Spread of the Segway around the world and experience of its use … 17
3 Empirical data … 21
3.1 Participants … 21
3.2 Test riding … 22
3.3 Videorecording … 28
3.4 Riding recorder … 30
3.5 Hotline … 31
3.6 User interviews … 31
II. Interpretation of findings and consequences … 33
4 Results of the empirical data … 34
4.1 Test riding … 34
4.2 Videorecording … 40
4.3 Riding recorder … 40
4.4 Hotline … 43
4.5 User interviews … 43
4.6 Handling of the Segway… 45
4.7 Technical characteristics and equipment of the Segway … 48
4.8 Reaction of other traffic participants … 49
4.9 Experiences of the utilization of the Segway at Police and Municipal Office … 49
4.10 Transferability of the pilot study results … 50
5 Questions … 50
III. Recommendation for regulation … 53
6 Regulation of the Segway in Germany … 55
6.1 Potential ways of registration … 55
6.2 Recommendation for registration of the Segway … 56
IV. Annex … 59
6.3 Survey of figures … 61
6.4 Exemption permit … 62

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