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Segways in Battle

It's a scene we'd all love to see on the evening news: a battle where soldiers aren't in tanks, Humvees or Bradley fighting vehicles?they're riding circles around the enemy on their Segways.

Michael P. Regan writes in space.com that we may see it a version of this someday, since the Pentagon is planning to base battlefield robots on the Segway model. These robots could search out the enemy, especially in dangerously mined areas, take injured soldiers to safety or haul heavy gear.

Pentagon procurement would caused a big jump in Segway sales. So far only 6,000 of them have been sold, probably because they cost between $4,000 and $5,000 and most cities won't let you ride them either in the street or on the sidewalk.

If we believe in freedom, we can't be afraid to fight.

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