Keep It Simple, Segway -- Don't Team Up With GM

from the 2-wheels-are-better-than-3-or-4 dept

GM and Segway have demonstrated a 2-wheeled vehicle they call PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility). It's basically a bigger Segway that's smaller than a car, but bigger than a scooter because it seats 2 people side-by-side. Having recently visited Saigon (and seen Top Gear's Vietnam Special), I find the technological achievement of the PUMA to be absolutely ridiculous considering the time-tested utility of a 2-wheeled motorcycle (which can easily transport 2 people and zoom through insane traffic at the same time). In fact, the PUMA Project symbolizes many of the failures of the American auto industry. Instead of taking existing technologies and innovating by adapting them to suit practical needs, the PUMA Project simply takes an existing product and makes it bigger, not necessarily better. Okay, obviously, the PUMA Project is just a prototype and not meant for real world usage. But perhaps the time to show off impractical concept vehicles is not during one of the worst global recessions?

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Apr 2009 @ 5:41am

    So, innovate and be criticised on Techdirt...I love it...

    I love it that so many people have responded to this post with all sorts of criticism about how this can't work and there are better solutions and yada yada yada. However, it IS a concept vehicle, and how do we know it is neither practical or desirable? Here a few people have already made the decision for the market place. For a blog that USUALLY emphasizes INNOVATION over INVENTION, it seems like this entire post is critical of someone at least trying to see whether there might be some potential in a new variation on existing technology.

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