SegwayNYNY's Itsi Atkins Reviews the New York Auto Show

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Itsi Atkins, operator of NYSegwayTours and founder of SegwayNYNY, reviews the New York International Auto Show, which is now at the Javits Center.

Itsi Atkins, operator of NYSegwayTours and founder of SegwayNYNY, reviews the New York International Auto Show now at the Javits Center until April 23.

The New York International Auto show’s public sneak preview on April 14th made automotive history. The 1,000 vehicles on display all represented the industry’s love for oil, gas, and speed. The faster, the larger and the more chrome an automobile could display seemed to justify the praise and admiration of the public.

Atkins, however, said he wanted to find a more practical and environmental green transport. He wanted to see the future and the advancements the automotive industry has achieved, to lessen the dependency on oil and gas consumption. But to his dismay, they must have all been left at the local green markets.

"I did not see any major displays of the urban transports of the future," Atkins said. "I did find however, the war of the sound waves with Sirius vs. XM. Each company was trying to out spend advertising dollars to impress the ears of the drivers. It is too bad the ultimate quality of the sound is not the digital source, but the earphones or speakers that blast the music and those seem to all be about equal in quality.

"The real show stopper was a little black custom Segway. The P model, the ultimate urban transport. This Segway decked out with chrome XT handles and black fender. This icon of the future was gliding."

The Segway turned the heads of potential Hummer customers and gained respect from the energy conservationists. Many trendy New Yorkers seemed to smile and fondly want to experience the glide. This dream is actually a possibility, as SegwayNYNY, the local owners group offers free demonstrations at their monthly meeting on the fourth of each month. They also support for hands on two-hour segway101 experience.

The Segway is being utilized by many governmental agencies. The NYPD and Parks Department have used this highly adaptable transport. The Segway Police model if it had been in attendance could have made a real score with the NY Auto Show’s Police automobile.

"In summary I found the show an overwhelming success for seeing the latest models available," Atkins said. "I would hope that the same energy, commercial success and public acceptance could appreciate the startups, the first generation of new technology and support Segway acceptance. You will have to attend the June SegMeet 2, NYC premier custom Segway show and exhibit."

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