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the surprising successor to the segway that could revolutionize urban transportation

by:Powerful Toys     2019-12-04
A few years ago, I had the privilege of interviewing Dean Carmen, a famous inventor.
Although he has achieved a lot (
He has more than 440 patents, designed wearable drug infusion pumps and created one of the world\'s largest youth science organizations)
His biggest flop: Segway, perhaps the most widely known. Code-
Named \"ginger\" in secret development in the 1990s s, these two-wheeled, self-
Balancing electric vehicles is expected to revolutionize traffic and reshape the city as a whole.
John Dole, a prominent venture capitalist of kreina Perkins, valued the effort at an unimaginable early valuation of half a billion dollars, funding the effort for nearly $40 million.
Tech Celebrities Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos think the idea deserves a more valuable investment: their time.
The two met Dean in private several times to advise them and consider their participation in the project (
And will continue to record confirmation of their excitement).
When a wonderful new invention of the word and its high-
The profile supporter revealed to the media prematurely that \"it\" has become the subject of rampant speculation and hype, and the media sensation finally unveiled on the national television scene.
The Segway seems to be a very important thing on a fast road.
In sharp contrast to expectations, the sales of Segway are very disappointing.
Now, more than a decade after its launch, the product is almost forgotten and classified as niche uses such as police patrols, urban tourism and boring polo.
When I sat down with Dean and asked him what was the least known thing about the Segway in the world, he gave a surprising answer.
This is not an excuse for failure, nor an engineer\'s expectation, but one thing --of-
List of facts about why the product is really great.
Instead, Dean passionately shared the vision of creating so many early believers.
This is an inspiring original idea behind the Segway, buried in the hustle and bustle of rumors and headlines, forgotten over time: it\'s hard not to admire the boldness and authenticity of this vision, I share Dean\'s belief that this vision is equally true today.
Although there are many reasons for the failure of the Segway, the simplest explanation may be the best summary.
As Paul Graham, a Silicon Valley investor, pointed out: \"People don\'t want people to see them riding bicycles.
Changing the world is never an easy task.
Especially if no one wants your product.
But great ideas are hard to achieve, and the story that inspired the Segway could enter an exciting new chapter.
As a venture capitalist, I can tell you for sure: if you want to know what will happen in the future, just follow the entrepreneur.
Now, there is a group of talented technicians who use their intelligence and efforts to achieve this vision.
But unlike the Segway, they don\'t start from scratch.
Instead, they are building the momentum of an unsuspecting product that humbly but quickly reshapes urban streets around the world: they are reinventing bicycles.
Why not a bicycle?
From the time most of us are big enough to be able to walk, there is a desire that the thought of a bicycle creates a sense of fun, freedom and accessibility. Bikes are mass-
They are produced for the benefit of the economy and are one of the most effective means of transport ever, and almost everyone on Earth is familiar with them.
But for all their qualities, the bike hasn\'t changed much.
Maybe that\'s why young industrialists and big companies are racing to re-imagine them for our modern day.
Many entrepreneurs start with a simple question: \"What\'s bad?
\"Safety is often one of the first concerns of future urban cyclists, and the following inventors want to ease these anxieties by protecting the equipment of riders on urban streets.
There are many more ambitious plans.
Several startups have envisioned a new industry built around connected bicycles, using the power of smartphones and smart hardware to turn aluminum tubes into smart machines.
From the new security system to AirBNB-
For navigation companies, shared bicycles are at the crossroads of many new businesses.
The founder of Velo lab is developing solar cells
The electric connection bike lock activated by the smartphone.
Not only does it eliminate the hassle of needing a key, it can also alert owners to tampering and even allow seamless bikes --sharing.
Piert Morgan and his colleagues
Founders Lawrence watterus and Lavin Basinger want to make it easier for people to find the best way to ride a bike.
Their first product, hammer head navigation device, is like a custom GPS
For the cyclists.
Simple visual indicators can help direct passengers on the road and warn potential dangers in advance.
Connected to the smartphone app, you can not only track your ride, but also help collect the best bike routes in the world around the world.
Perhaps the most fundamental change is the rise of electric bicycles.
For those who commute long distances, cover bad terrain, carry heavy objects or do not want to ride a bike all the time, e-
Bicycles provide an attractive means of transportation.
Due to the improvement of battery and motor control technology, these two-wheeled, self-
Promote the rapid development of electric vehicles.
Especially in Europe and Asia, their numbers are also surging.
In Germany, an estimated 400,000 vehicles were sold last year, far exceeding the sales of electric vehicles.
In China, 30 million units are sold each year, replacing dozens now. banned gas-
Electric scooter.
The super line and the team at FlyKly are taking a different approach.
When you can build a business that lets everyone else use electricity, why build your own bike?
Their integration wheel converts any old one (or new)
Turn a bike into a smartphone
Electric cruiser.
The concept has an obvious appeal: FlyKly raised more than $700,000 on Kickstarter and Superpedestrian got $2.
1 M venture capital.
These are just a few glimpses of the many new developments that are going on, all to help change urban traffic.
The timing may be right.
For the first time in human history, there are more people living in cities than in suburbs or rural areas.
In many of the fastest
More and more cities, most citizens can\'t afford to buy cars, not to mention the space to drive.
In the United States,S.
In the past 20 years, the number of cyclists has doubled.
Not less than 16 major cities launched or announced plans to launch new bike-sharing plans last year.
The New York City bike program features 330 Street-
Water docking station.
In its first year of operation, it attracted more than 85,000 annual members and more than 6 passengers. 5 million trips
It\'s also in cities like New York (
Where I often commute by bike)
There, cyclists can now enjoy their share of the sidewalk through dedicated bike lanes, and regulators are asking the building to make plans for bicycle passage.
These changes cannot be ignored: bicycles are reshaping our city.
So two.
The wheel revolution may come in a different form than the Segway, a revolution I was excited to watch.
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