Toshiba on collision course with Segway

Another personal transporter on the way

Toshiba scooter
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Like so many people, we seem to have a Segway fixation. And, as with so many people, it makes absolutely no sense. Then again, abormal fixations rarely do.

In an effort to broaden our horizons, this item is not about a Segway. It's about a Segway competitor, thank you very much. Gizmowatch says Toshiba has entered the personal transport market with a fuel cell-powered scooter.

Details are scant to none, but we do know that this potential Segway rival is a sociable little critter: It sports LED lights that are apparently designed to communicate with other Toshiba transporters for navigation and "anti-collision" purposes. That may be a bit premature, however, given that Segways and other "personal commute vehicles" are banned at present in Japan. So we needn't worry about running into Gob--or whoever bought his Segway--anytime soon there.

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