Mike McGinn, Mayor
10/7/2002 8:30:00 AM
Julie Moore (206) 684-0909
Katherine Schubert-Knapp (206) 684-0909
Seattle begins test of SegwayTM Human Transporters
First test group rolls out today
SEATTLE – Meter readers from Seattle Public Utilities will be the first group of city of Seattle employees to test the SegwayTM Human Transporter (HT) on the job. Beginning today six meter readers will use the Segway HT on their routes for the first time. Next week they will start keeping daily logs to track information such as how long it takes to complete their routes and their ability to read meters on their first attempt.
The city purchased 10 Segway HTs in August and will spend the next 18 to 24 months conducting a series of tests in various environments. This limited investment allows the city to explore ways of diversifying its fleet of vehicles. At the conclusion of the tests, the Fleets and Facilities Department will be able to determine which city applications, if any, are best suited for the Segway HT.
"Our goal over the next couple of years is to find out if and/or where this new technology can help improve the way we do business and better serve customers. And because the Segway runs on electricity and produces zero emissions, it would fit right in with our commitment to making our fleet of vehicles as ‘green’ as possible," says John Franklin, director of the city’s Fleets and Facilities Department.
The first test with the SPU meter readers will cover one complete 40-day meter reading cycle. During the SPU pilot, different meter readers on different routes, will participate. In addition to tracking the information mentioned above, the test will also look at the potential for minimizing the use of vehicles on some routes.
Fleets and Facilities will conduct tests with other groups of city employees where the Segway HT could improve efficiency, productivity, and/or customer service. Possible employee groups include emergency medical teams working at large public events, Parks and Recreation employees, Seattle Center employees, and building inspectors.
For more information about the city’s pilot, go to the Fleets and Facilities page on seattle.gov
For more specific information about the Segway Human Transporter, go to www.segway.com
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