The owner of which company died after driving his own vehicle off a cliff?
Answer: Jim Heselden was a British entrepreneur who bought Segway Inc., maker of the Segway personal transport system. Heselden died in 2010 from injuries sustained falling from a cliff into a river while riding his own product. The multi-millionaire businessman plunging 80 feet into the River Wharfe while inspecting the grounds of his North Yorkshire estate on his Segway. The Segway is a motorized scooter which use gyroscopes to remain upright and is controlled by the direction in which the rider leans.
The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. The name Segway is derived from the word segue, meaning smooth transition.
Inventor: Dean Kamen
Industrial designers: Scott Waters; Tao Chang
Chief engineer: Doug Field
Dynamics engineers: David Robinson; John Morrell; Jon Stevens; Jon Pompa
Electrical engineers: Phil Lemay; Mike Gansler; JD Heinzmann; Jason Sachs; Larry Liberman; Chris Kastel; Zeta Electronics