Michelin Balance Tire and Wheel Assembly Keeps Segway Human Transporter Rolling Right Along
Michelin 'Balance' Tire and Wheel Assembly Keeps Segway Human Transporter
Rolling Right Along
The Latest Innovation From Dean Kamen Comes Complete With Michelin Tires
GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin North America announced
today that the Segway(TM) Human Transporter (HT), the first-ever dynamic self-
balancing, electric powered transportation machine will come equipped with a
set of two Michelin "Balance" tires.
"This is exactly the sort of technical challenge Michelin thrives on,"
said Prashant Prabhu, head of research and development for Michelin North
America. "Innovation and constant improvement is the heart of Michelin. We
are excited to be a part of this incredible device that will change personal
The Segway HT is designed to allow a person to travel farther, move
quicker and carry more anywhere they can walk. The most striking attribute of
the machine is that it self-balances. Michelin North America developed the
Michelin Balance Tire specifically for the Segway HT. Michelin also designed
the wheel and coordinates the entire tire/wheel assembly process, delivering
complete assembly units to Segway. The Michelin tire and wheel system
provides the entire suspension function for the device.
Because the Segway HT has the ability to operate over a wide variety of
indoor and outdoor surfaces, Michelin compounding insures a non-marking tire
for interior use as well as long tread life for exterior use. The uniquely
designed Michelin tread allows tires to turn either forward or backward with
precision handling, supporting the in place turning capability of the device.
Additionally, Michelin engineers delivered a tire/wheel system with low
rolling resistance for maximum energy conservation and low operating pressure
for a smooth comfortable ride.
"We've worked for several years with Michelin's design and engineering
teams to develop a tire and wheel specifically matched to the unique
characteristics of the Segway HT. Michelin's tire and wheel have become an
integral part of this incredible machine," said J. Douglas Field, Segway's
vice president for product development and chief engineer.
Businesses looking for technology solutions to mobility issues
consistently turn to Michelin. Recently, Michelin Group developed a new
radial technology, the Michelin NZG tire, which helped return the Concorde to
flight. Michelin is the sole supplier of tires to the U.S. Space Shuttle and
now the sole supplier of tire/wheel systems for the Segway HT.
About Segway Company
Segway LLC is a Manchester, N.H. based business founded by renowned
inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to transform the way people work and
live. The company has created the Segway(TM) Human Transporter (HT), the
first self-balancing, electric powered transporter machine designed to enhance
the productivity of people by increasing the distance they can travel and the
amount they can carry. Segway is funded by Credit Suisse First Boston Private
Equity, one of the largest managers of alternative assets in the world,
through Credit Suisse First Boston Equity Partners, L.P. and associated funds,
and Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, the leading venture capital firm
helping entrepreneurs build sustainable technology businesses. For additional
information about Segway, please visit the website at: http://www.segway.com .
Press releases and digital images are available at Segway's press center at:
About Michelin North America
Michelin manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including
airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty
trucks, motorcycles and the space shuttle. The company also publishes travel
guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America
(http://www.michelin.com ) employs 26,500 and operates 23 facilities in 19