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BAE SYSTEMS and Segway Inc. Announce Partnership to Market Segway™ Personal Transporter in the UK

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 22, 2002 - BAE SYSTEMS and Segway Inc. today announced the formation of a partnership to market the revolutionary Segway™ Personal Transporter (PT) to the aerospace and defense industry in the United Kingdom. Dean Kamen, Chairman, Segway Inc., and BAE SYSTEMS Chief Operating Officer Chris Geoghegan announced the partnership at the British debut of the self-balancing, electric-powered transportation device at the Farnborough Airshow.

BAE SYSTEMS and Segway Inc. will initially market the Segway PT to the aerospace and defense industry in the U.K. The device is currently being deployed by U.S. companies and organizations, including numerous industrial concerns, the U.S. Postal Service and various emergency medical and law enforcement groups. Early results have been overwhelmingly positive with most organizations seeing double-digit productivity gains in initial applications. Various U.S. Military branches are currently evaluating Segway PT for both tactical and logistical support operations.

"The ability to move quicker, travel farther and carry more is critical to military operations," said Dean Kamen, Chairman of Segway Inc. "In tactical operations, the Segway PT can help to lessen soldier fatigue while expediting troop deployment. For logistical operations, the Segway PT consumes a fraction of the space and weight of other transportation alternatives and moves easily between indoor and outdoor applications. Our partnership with BAE SYSTEMS, will enable us to deliver these benefits to defense and aerospace organizations in the United Kingdom."

Engineers from Silicon Sensing Systems (SSS) worked with Segway Inc. to develop the Balance Sensor Assembly that enables the device to balance. SSS is a joint venture between BAE SYSTEMS and Sumitomo Precision Products of Japan.

"We've been working successfully with Segway Inc. to develop the Balance Sensor Assembly for the Segway Personal Transporter, and I'm excited by this latest development in our relationship," said BAE SYSTEMS Chief Operating Officer Chris Geoghegan. "BAE SYSTEMS delivers innovative solutions across our product range, and we're looking forward to including the Segway PT in our portfolio. The device has massive potential for military users, and we're looking forward to discussing the Segway Personal Transporter with our clients and contacts."

 

Notes to Editors

The Segway PT uses a Balance Sensor Assembly of five gyroscope sensors and two tilt sensors. The innovative gyroscope sensors were developed by BAE SYSTEMS, and are a Millennium Product. Cost effective, reliable and shock resistant, they are also found in cars, in Advanced Braking Systems, and they are suitable for roll-over protection and airbag deployment applications. They are used for marine navigation aids, unmanned air vehicles, tilting trains, robotics and wheelchairs.

 

About Silicon Sensing Systems

Silicon Sensing Systems, with its headquarters in Plymouth, England and its main manufacturing facility in Amagasaki, Japan, is a joint venture between BAE SYSTEMS and Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP). SSS, which draws on 90 years motion sensing experience, designed and manufactured the world's first Micromachined Silicon Ring gyroscope, of which over two million have been delivered to date. For additional information, please visit www.siliconsensing.com.

About BAE SYSTEMS

BAE SYSTEMS is a systems company, innovating for a safer world. BAE SYSTEMS employs nearly 100,000 people including Joint Ventures, and has annual sales of around 13 billion. The company offers a global capability in air, sea, land and space with a world-class prime contracting ability supported by a range of key skills. BAE SYSTEMS designs, manufactures and supports military aircraft, surface ships, submarines, space systems, radar, avionics, communications, electronics, guided weapon systems and a range of other defence products. BAE SYSTEMS is dedicated to making the intelligent connections needed to deliver innovative solutions. For additional information, please visit www.baesystems.com.

 
 

About Segway

Segway Inc. develops intelligent motion control technology known as Segway® Smart Motion™ that is embedded in the light electric transportation devices it manufactures, such as the well-known Segway® Personal Transporter (PT).  Segway Smart Motion provides intelligent motion control that enables a device to monitor its environment, control its motion and make decisions about how it should move.

Segway markets a full line of zero-emissions Segway PTs for sidewalk and cross-terrain use that deliver impressive energy efficiency – equivalent to 450 miles per gallon/191 kilometers per liter of fuel.  The company’s line of Segway Robotic Mobility Platforms (RMPs) offers reliable, durable mobility solutions for robotic applications.

Segway Inc., based in Bedford, N.H., U.S.A, has a worldwide distribution network of more than 250 retail points in 61 countries.  For additional information about Segway and to find retail locations, please visit www.segway.com or call 1-866-4SEGWAY. Media materials and digital images are available at the Segway Press Center at www.segway.com/news.