Is a Segway still a Segway if it has three wheels? Meet the Segway SE-3 Patroller, a Segway with three wheels designed for mall cops everywhere.
The new model forgoes the traditional two-wheel, auto-balancing setup for a more stable and robust three-wheel arrangement. It’s for security forces such as mall cops and police officers who need the added stability, extra storage and, well, respect afforded by this more beastly model. It’s always been hard to take police officers seriously as they cruise around dainty Segways — more Paul Blart: Mall Cop than Walker, Texas Ranger. This model, however, at least looks the part of serious police work.
The Segway failed to change the world in the ways its creator Dean Kamen promised. The general populus are not zipping around car-less cities on auto-balancing wonders. Instead, the product dived into niche markets, namely city tours and security forces.
The SE-3 retails for $11,999 and is powered by multiple rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries that can be charged at any standard electrical outlet or swapped out for replacement batteries. It’s designed to be more visible to deter criminals as much as apprehend them. While Segway boosts it’s very maneuverable and sports a tight turning radius, chances are it’s not going to replace traditional Segways in Segway polo leagues.