Once trumpeted with grandiose claims, the Segway was met with disappointing sales and became fodder for the satirical newspaper The Onion. Now, however, certain niche markets have adopted the two-wheeled vehicle enthusiastically. According to Slate.com:
"Part of the Segway's problem has been that, however impressive its technology, it was fulfilling an already-met need. There is nothing the Segway can do that that humble 19th-century technology, the bicycle, can't. [S]o instead of providing everyday transportation for the masses, the Segway has, for now, at least, been put to a number of niche uses. There is, for example, an accessory that turns the Segway into a golf cart;...Segways have also turned into a vehicle of choice for police, particularly in pedestrianized environments...there are malls, of course; mall security company IPC, for example, boasts a fleet of 90 Segways at 40 locations."