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April 7, 2009 | Associated Press
A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels, not four, according to executives of General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc. The companies plan to announce today that they are developing a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars for cities across the world.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
John Oliver's tenure as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" has gone mostly trouble-free (aside from the studio losing all power before an interview with Aaron Sorkin), but the British comedian may have finally gotten into a bit of hot water by mocking fellow Brit and CNN host, Piers Morgan. Oliver did a segment on Monday's "Daily Show" about CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta changing his mind on medical marijuana, and in the process poked some fun at Morgan, who had told Gupta about the Vicodin he was prescribed after falling off a Segway in 2007 and breaking five ribs.
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WORLD
September 27, 2010 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
A British businessman who last year bought the company that makes the Segway scooter fell to his death off a cliff in northern England, apparently while riding one of the vehicles on his estate. West Yorkshire police said in a statement that the body of Jimi Heselden, 62, had been pulled Monday from the River Wharfe near the town of Boston Spa after a call from a passerby. Local media reports said he was believed to have lost control of his scooter Sunday on a wooded path that runs close to a 30-foot drop to the river.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2013 | Jessica Guynn
On a recent afternoon, Homer Gaines hiked with girlfriend Tami Stillwell to the gusty peak of Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay, bent down on one knee and slipped a topaz and white-sapphire ring on her finger, capturing the entire marriage proposal on a computerized device that he was wearing like a pair of glasses. Gaines, a 41-year-old Web developer from Fort Myers, Fla., is one of 10,000 "explorers" testing Glass, the much talked about hands-free wearable computing device from Google that lets users take photos and videos, make phone calls, send and receive text messages, search the Internet and get turn-by-turn directions.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2008 | Times Wire Services
Walt Disney Co. agreed to settle a lawsuit over claims that a ban on personal two-wheel transporters at its facilities violates federal disabilities laws. Three residents of Illinois and Iowa sued Disney in November 2007 after they were prohibited from using the Segway personal transporter on family vacations at four theme parks in Florida. Disney agreed to acquire at least 15 newly designed electric stand-up vehicles that meet its safety standards, according to papers filed Friday in federal court in Orlando, Fla.
NEWS
December 4, 2001 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ginger is here at last and it's a scooter after all. But not just any scooter. It's electric and it has no brakes. Do little more than think about moving forward and off you go. Think about stopping and you do just that. Ditto for going backward. It has a turning radius of zero. Ginger, also known as "It," is the brainchild of multimillionaire inventor Dean Kamen, who has kept his pet project under tight security since news of it surfaced almost a year ago. He unveiled the scooter, now known as the Segway, Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2011 | Steve Lopez
OK, kids. Time for a quiz. Mario Rivas, who drives a Prius and a Segway, has the roof of his house covered in solar panels, visits schools to extol the virtues and benefits of recycling, and attributes his environmental passion to things he learned as a U.S. Marine serving in Iraq and elsewhere, is running for City Council in which of the following cities: Santa Monica Malibu Laguna Beach Bell If you guessed A, B...
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Jay Jones
As warmer weather arrives in Edmonton, Canada , locals and visitors take to the city's extensive trail system , hoping to make the most of the relatively short summer season in the provincial capital. Edmonton, the capital of Alberta province, boasts more than 100 miles of trails, many of them along North Saskatchewan River, which winds through the city. Warming temperatures bring bicyclists, dog walkers, inline skaters and runners who have come out of hibernation and onto the trails.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
John Oliver's tenure as fill-in host of "The Daily Show" has gone mostly trouble-free (aside from the studio losing all power before an interview with Aaron Sorkin), but the British comedian may have finally gotten into a bit of hot water by mocking fellow Brit and CNN host, Piers Morgan. Oliver did a segment on Monday's "Daily Show" about CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta changing his mind on medical marijuana, and in the process poked some fun at Morgan, who had told Gupta about the Vicodin he was prescribed after falling off a Segway in 2007 and breaking five ribs.
OPINION
December 14, 2002
I read with interest the story of the Segway, the electrically powered vehicle with speeds up to 12 mph, that is coming to our sidewalks soon (Dec. 9). Despite the fact that nobody has seen how these machines and pedestrians will interact on busy city streets, they have been legalized in 32 states (including California). Have our politicians totally lost their senses, or has it been that long since they've walked down a city sidewalk? Or is it possible they have nothing better to concern themselves with?
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Jay Jones
As warmer weather arrives in Edmonton, Canada , locals and visitors take to the city's extensive trail system , hoping to make the most of the relatively short summer season in the provincial capital. Edmonton, the capital of Alberta province, boasts more than 100 miles of trails, many of them along North Saskatchewan River, which winds through the city. Warming temperatures bring bicyclists, dog walkers, inline skaters and runners who have come out of hibernation and onto the trails.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Disneyland lets visitors ride a tram, a monorail, a trolley and spinning teacups - but they can't use a Segway, even if they are disabled. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals told the theme park Wednesday that it was time "The Happiest Place on Earth" studied the idea. "Technological advances didn't end with the powered wheelchair," a three-judge panel said, overturning a lower court's decision in favor of Disney. The case was brought by Tina Baughman, who wanted to celebrate her daughter's eighth birthday at Disneyland.
BUSINESS
May 15, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
The people mover has gotten an upgrade: On Tuesday, Honda announced its new Uni-Cub, a personal mobility device that lets you glide around the office or the aquarium perched comfortably on what looks like a trash compactor on wheels. Like the Segway, the Uni-Cub allows the rider to control it simply by shifting her weight forward, backward or side to side. Unlike the Segway, it is small enough to be used indoors. A promotional video for the Uni-Cub shows thin attractive people using it to glide down office hallways, and in and out of elevators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2011 | Steve Lopez
OK, kids. Time for a quiz. Mario Rivas, who drives a Prius and a Segway, has the roof of his house covered in solar panels, visits schools to extol the virtues and benefits of recycling, and attributes his environmental passion to things he learned as a U.S. Marine serving in Iraq and elsewhere, is running for City Council in which of the following cities: Santa Monica Malibu Laguna Beach Bell If you guessed A, B...
WORLD
September 27, 2010 | By Janet Stobart, Los Angeles Times
A British businessman who last year bought the company that makes the Segway scooter fell to his death off a cliff in northern England, apparently while riding one of the vehicles on his estate. West Yorkshire police said in a statement that the body of Jimi Heselden, 62, had been pulled Monday from the River Wharfe near the town of Boston Spa after a call from a passerby. Local media reports said he was believed to have lost control of his scooter Sunday on a wooded path that runs close to a 30-foot drop to the river.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2010 | From Reuters
The British millionaire businessman who owns the firm Segway has been found dead at the bottom of a cliff with one of the two-wheeled electric scooters near his body, police said on Monday. Jimi Heselden, 62, who bought the U.S.-based firm, and who was also chairman of Hesco Bastion, was discovered in a river near Leeds, northern England, on Sunday. The incident, described as a freak accident in the media, was not being treated as suspicious. A Segway was found near his body, a police spokeswoman said.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2002 | Reuters
What does $60,000 buy in the transportation world these days? A Porsche Boxster convertible sports car, for one, but if that's a yawner, there's always a self-balancing scooter. Amazon.com Inc. is auctioning the first three consumer Segway Human Transporters, the motorized scooters unveiled by inventor Dean Kamen late last year. The machines went on the block at midnight Tuesday with a first bid of $1.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2003 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
A Jetsons-like stand-up scooter, ridden by everyone from President Bush to Jay Leno, has fallen down in the eyes of safety regulators. The maker of the electric Segway Human Transporter -- which has been called both a revolutionary transportation vehicle and a silly fad -- agreed Friday to recall all 6,000 of the contraptions that have been sold because several riders lost control of them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.
BUSINESS
July 6, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Customers who walk into some California Best Buy stores for a cellphone might walk out with an electric vehicle. At least that's the thinking behind a test being conducted by the nation's largest consumer electronics retailer. In May, the Richfield, Minn., company quietly began selling electric bicycles, scooters and Segways at 21 of its West Coast stores, 12 of them in California.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2009 | Associated Press
A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels, not four, according to executives of General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc. The companies plan to announce today that they are developing a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars for cities across the world.
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