Segway Security Trials at Narita Airport

Segway Security Trials at Narita Airport

A segwa in operation at a US airport. Photo: ©Segway Inc.

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Since last month, the Segway, an American-made two-wheeled vehicle that runs on rechargeable batteries and is driven standing up, has been introduced on a trial basis in the passenger terminals at Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture.

In 2001, U.S.-based Segway Inc. developed the two-wheeled, electrically powered vehicle that stands up using sensors and gyroscopes. Three Segways are being used at Narita Airport for the purpose of “examining security capabilities and efficiency improvements relative to current security measures.” They began conducting security work in the departures and arrivals lobbies of both Terminals 1 and 2 starting on April 1. The scope and length of their use wass expanded in stages until April 26, when they began covering the entire terminals, including restricted areas.

According to Segway Japan, Ltd., over 60,000 Segways have been sold to more than a thousand police and security agencies worldwide. It is now being used for terminal security and public guided tours at two Japanese airports: Chubu International Airport in Aichi Prefecture and Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture.

The Segway trials at Narita will continue until sometime in June.