Getting Started with your Segway RMP

RMP 210, 220, 440LE, 440SE, 440 Omni
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Getting Started with your Segway RMP

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Follow these instructions to get up and running with your new Segway RMP.

  • Segway RMP
  • Starter Breakout Harness (included with Segway RMP)
  • Disable Button (included with Segway RMP)
  • Charge Cable or 5-Channel Charger (included with Segway RMP)
  • Windows Computer
  1. Prepare the RMP
  2. Install the Software
  3. Run the Demo OCU

Prepare the RMP
Turn on your RMP and make sure it is functioning properly.
  1. Fully Charge the RMP
    1. Use the charge cable or external charger to connect the RMP to a standard AC wall outlet.
    2. The battery charge lights should turn green, indicating that the RMP is charging. As the RMP approaches maximum charge the lights will blink with longer and longer pauses between blinks.
    3. Allow the RMP to charge for 12 hours.
  2. Set the RMP on blocks or remove the tires
    This step is important because later when you command the RMP to move, it will move, and probably at high speed. To avoid damage to the RMP or anything around it, make sure the wheels can spin freely.
  3. Attach the Starter Breakout Harness
    This harness has Ethernet, USB, and CAN connectors as well as a number of power leads.
    1. Slide the plug over Connector I (Comms / DC Out). You may need to rotate the plug before it slides in.
    2. Twist the collar on the plug to screw it in. Keep turning until the red line is no longer visible.
  4. Attach the Disable Button
    The RMP will not turn on unless the Disable Button is attached and it has not been pressed.
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  6. Slide the plug over Connector II (Emergency Disable). You may have to rotate the plug before it slides in.
  7. Twist the collar on the plug to screw it in. Keep turning until the red line is no longer visible.
[*]Test the Disable Button
  1. Press to disable. It will lock in place, preventing the RMP from starting up.
  2. Twist to release. It will pop up, allowing the RMP to operate normally.
  3. Leave the Disable Button in its released position (popped up).
[*]Turn on the RMP
  1. Flip the ON/OFF switch up.
  2. The yellow Power Light will blink while initializing.
  3. The RMP will chirp and the green Status Light will turn on when the RMP enters Standby Mode.
  4. The RMP is now on and ready.

Install the Software
Install the software and drivers required to communicate with the RMP.
  1. Download the Segway RMP software
    1. Go to the RMP Forum at
    2. Go to the Centralized Controller Platforms subforum.
    3. Download the Latest Software Release.
  2. Install the Segway RMP software
    1. Extract the downloaded zip file ( to your desktop.
    2. Open the RMP_APP_INSTALLER folder on your desktop.
    3. Double-click "RMP_Applications.exe" to run the installer.
    4. Click "Next" and follow the instructions on screen to install the software.
    5. When prompted to install Python, click "Yes".
    6. Continue to click "Next" through the Python, pygame, pyserial, and py2exe installers.
  3. Connect the RMP to your computer
    1. Locate the USB cable on the Starter Breakout Harness connected to your RMP.
    2. Plug the USB cable into your computer.
  4. Install the USB drivers
    1. When the "Found New Hardware" wizard pops up, choose "Install from a specific location" and select:
      C:\Program Files\Segway\RMP_Applications\USB_Drivers\segway_rmp_cc.inf
    2. Click "Next" and follow the instructions on the screen.
    3. If a message pops up about Windows Logo testing, select "Continue Anyway".
Run the Demo OCU
Be certain the RMP tires can spin freely or be prepared for the RMP to move.
  1. Run the RMP_Demo_OCU
    1. Double-click the RMP_Demo_OCU icon on your desktop.
      Desktop Icon - RMP Demo OCU.png
    2. The OCU Demo program will open.
      OCU Demo 01-small.png
  2. Select the configuration file
    1. Click "Browse".
    2. Select the appropriate configuration file for your RMP:
      • RMP 210 or RMP 220: ocu_config_110_220_default.inf
      • RMP 440LE or 440SE: ocu_config_x440_default.inf
      • RMP 440 Omni: ocu_config_omni_default.inf
    3. Click "Open".
  3. Connect to the RMP
    1. Click "Run OCU".
    2. If prompted to upload the configuration, click "Continue".
      OCU Demo 02-small.png
    3. When the OCU connects to the RMP, it will open three windows:
      • Splash Screen -- Displays the Segway logo and RMP status.
        OCU Demo Run 02-small.png
      • Console -- Displays status of UDFB feedback variables.
        OCU Demo Run 01-small.png
      • Control Screen -- Allows the RMP to be controlled with a mouse.
        OCU Demo Run 05-small.png
  4. Drive the RMP
    To drive the RMP, you must first enter Tractor Mode.
    1. Click "Tractor Mode" on the control screen.
      The RMP will make a noise and both lights will start blinking.
    2. Click and drag the center dot in the cross-hairs to drive the RMP.
      • Up -- Forward
      • Down -- Reverse
      • Right -- Turn Clockwise
      • Left -- Turn Counter-Clockwise
    3. To stop driving, click "Standby Mode".

The RMP Demo OCU can be used with other controllers and other communication interfaces. It has many settings that can be tweaked. However, the RMP Demo OCU is not meant to be used as the primary means of interfacing with your RMP. It is provided only as an example of how to communicate with the RMP.

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Getting Started.pdf
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