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Segway 3-Wheeler SE-3 Patroller

Written by Kathy Marks

Segway has released their new three-wheel product, the Segway® SE-3 Patroller, available only to public safety customers. It has a base MSRP of $11,999. The full-featured SE-3 Patroller is designed to meet the specific needs of the public safety market and is larger with more public presence than previous models.

Segway’s General Manager of Global Patrol & Government Business, Chip MacDonald, stated, “Segway is the world’s leading provider of green personal transportation and its Segway Patroller is the indisputable #1 solution for police and private security markets. Customers know our reputation for reliability and technological advances. This new vehicle is another option from a company they can trust, a natural extension of Segway’s reputation for building a high-quality vehicle that can go anywhere that people can walk.”

“When compared to our two-wheel Segway Patroller, our new three-wheel product can stand on its own with no rider and carry a considerable patrol equipment payload. It is an ideal match for missions that require a larger vehicle, which can display a more obvious security presence without a rider aboard, or that require a rider to frequently mount and dismount the vehicle during a patrol,” MacDonald added.

 

Features and Benefits

Riders can benefit from the advantages of a powerful rear-wheel-drive product that features enhanced traction capability and can easily travel across uneven surfaces, up hills and ramps, as well as through doorways. Its anti-rollover technology provides stability and the throttle reset protects against unintended acceleration.

Equally as important, SE-3 Patroller riders can travel up to 20 miles on a single charge, and the multiple rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries can be charged at any 110-volt or 220V standard outlet or topped off at any time. Replacement tool-less hot swappable batteries can be quickly swapped out for continuous use and the SE-3 does not need to return to a fixed location to be recharged.

The SE-3 Patroller features an independent front and rear hydraulic braking system and rear wheel drive enhances its ramp and off-road capabilities. It travels in reverse, has a reverse alarm to alert bystanders, and turns in a very tight radius. In addition, unlike other products, the SE-3 Patroller employs Segway’s reliable and ruggedized electronics and will be capable of operation in all types of weather.

Tough plastic body panels allow for inclement weather operation and can be individually replaced if damaged. Maintenance-free brushless motors reduce repairs and down time. The SE-3 is designed from the ground up with “in the field” serviceability in mind. The SE-3 can also host attached standalone video cameras and has facilities for charging a phone, tablet or accessories.

Other available features include a headlight, brake light, siren, lockable storage, and rugged Whelen® emergency lights. The SE-3’s 4.3-inch color display is sunlight-readable, which provides the rider easy-to-understand operational data including speed, battery life and distance travelled. The redundant “Rider Detect” capability disables the motor if a rider isn’t present.

“Police and security customers will appreciate the SE-3’s overall design and specific features. It will bring enhanced visibility and versatility to community policing and security patrol programs,” said Chip MacDonald, General Manager of Global Patrol, Government Business and Robotics, Segway. “They’ll be equally pleased with the product’s reliability and access to Segway’s world-class international service network.”

 

Kathy Marks has been a child abuse investigator for more than 30 years. She teaches classes regarding domestic terrorism and is a previous contributor to LAW and ORDER. She can be reached at kathymarks53@aol.com.


Published in Police Fleet Manager, Jul/Aug 2014

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