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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-10-025
Date: June 2010

Operating Characteristics of the Segway™ Human Transporter

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FOREWORD

The objective of this research was to examine the operating characteristics of the SegwayTM Human Transporter (HT). This final report provides empirical data on SegwayTM HT acceleration and stopping distance (both planned and unplanned stops) as well as riders' approach speed and clearance distance when navigating around obstacles. Such information can support a rational approach to the incorporation of SegwayTM HT traffic into regulating, planning, designing, and controlling shared-use paths and roadways. The results of the research described here will provide practitioners and policy makers with data to make informed decisions related to the use of SegwayTM HTs on shared-use facilities.

Monique R. Evans
Director, Office of Safety Research and Development

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1. Report No.

FHWA-HRT-10-025

2. Government Accession No. 3 Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Operating Characteristics of the SegwayTM Human Transporter

5. Report Date

June 2010

6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Sheryl Miller, Jason Kennedy, John Molino, Amanda Emo, Gabriel Rousseau, Carol Tan, and Ann Do

8. Performing Organization Report No.

 

9. Performing Organization Name and Address

SAIC
8301 Greensboro Drive M/S E-12-3
McLean, VA 22102

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

11. Contract or Grant No.

DTFH61-08-C-00006

12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center Federal Highway Administration 6300 Georgetown Pike McLean, VA 22101-2296

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report, 2003-2009

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

 

15. Supplementary Notes

The FHWA Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) was Christopher Monk.

16. Abstract

The SegwayTM Human Transporter (HT) is one of several low-speed transportation devices (e.g., bikes, scooters, wheelchairs) that, under certain circumstances, travels on sidewalks, roadways, and other shared-use paths. The objective of this research was to examine the primary operating characteristics of the SegwayTM HT.

Research was conducted at the Federal Highway Administration's Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center on a closed sidewalk course. Speed and stopping distance were examined for experienced riders, and speed and clearance distance in the presence of obstacles were examined for experienced and novice riders. Overall, both experienced and novice riders were able to navigate the sidewalk course without difficulties. The results provided empirical data regarding the operating characteristics of the SegwayTM HT in relation to acceleration and stopping distance (for both planned and unplanned stops) as well as approach speed and clearance distance when navigating around obstacles. Such information is needed to develop a rational approach to incorporate SegwayTM HT traffic into regulating, planning, designing, and controlling shared-use paths and roadways. The SegwayTM HT represents just one of many unconventional transportation modes that may share these facilities in the future. The methodologies described may prove useful in determining the operating characteristics of these other modes, as well.

17. Key Words

SegwayTM HT, Travel speed, Approach speed, Stopping distance, Clearance distance, Operating characteristics, Sidewalks, Shared-use paths

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

19. Security Classification
(of this report)

Unclassified

20. Security Classification
(of this page)

Unclassified

21. No. of Pages

64

22. Price
Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction and Background

Chapter 2. Methodology

Chapter 3. Results

Chapter 4. discussion and Recommendations

Appendix: Participant Forms and Instructions

Acknowledgements

References

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