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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    Dan, 9 Apr 2009 @ 2:07am

    Re: The Segway as applied to transportation

    Exactly what is innovative about the PUMA? It is a Segway with two seats and a minimal roof. This just a dog & pony show. What happens if you loose electrical power? Does it fall over, retain directional control, braking? Every unicyclist knows they cannot remain vertical without motion, forward or backward. Then there is the issue of accidents. One of these things loosing power at 35MPH would look like an episode of Jackass. Nobody seems to mention cost, $6,000 could buy a pretty nice golf cart with room for 2-4 people or parcels, I would rather buy 3 TATA's for $6,000, at least it would keep me dry in the rain. This is nothing more then "pimp my Segway". If this is GM's future then Chysler is home free. This is an April fools joke that couldn't meet the release date.

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