I think you're taking my choice of word (concern) out of context a bit. I'm not saying the Segway is a death trap or otherwise useless.
What I *am* saying is that it presents just as much potential for causing accidents and injuries on crowded sidewalks (presumably that is where they would have to be used in most places) as other traditional modes of transport. That goes as much for the person riding the Segway as those walking, blading, biking *near* them.
I am further saying that it will cause a more chaotic situation than we already have on busy city streets and sidewalks, so in order for it (or something like it) to reach its full potential you'd have to designate a specific "path" for them. Segway lanes, walking lanes, call it or envision it as you will...but you can't just drop a few thousand of these puppies on your local city sidewalk and expect everything will go smoothly.
Law suits will abound, as one person aptly pointed out. Yes they may be frivolous law suits in many cases, but law suits nonetheless.
Anyway, suffice it to say we disagree on the scope of viable uses for this thing in its current form, and that one of us was disappointed "IT" wasn't something [more relevant] to everyday life than a new kind of scooter that will cost over $1000 for the forseeable future. I guess I should just be happy I'm not a Gomer....
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