Volume 3 (2014-2015) Issue 4 Pages 467-486
This paper analyzes the characteristics of the Segway's running behavior by means of experiments conducted on a test course, with a focus on the difference in the time that the participants had been riding the Segway. Trajectory data for the Segway were collected from 14 male subjects, with five running situations being assumed: acceleration, deceleration, slalom running, overtaking and passing pedestrians, and emergency braking. The experimental results show that there is a difference between beginners and experienced users in deceleration and rotational behavior. The emergency braking experiments showed that there is not much difference according to experience, and furthermore, they indicated that there was a similarity to the stopping behavior of a bicycle. These results are expected to be useful in designing a Segway training scheme and evaluating the use of the Segway on public roads as well as appropriate rules and regulations such as using a microscopic traffic simulation.