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GM and Segway make a two wheeled City Vehicle

Video of the ride inside

| Technology in Vehicles News | Posted: Apr 7, 2009 7:56 pm

Although this has nothing to do with computers, I thought it was a pretty cool bit of news and worth mentioning.

 

GM and Segway have teamed up to create a two seat, two wheel vehicle based off of the Segway design called the P.U.M.A. Paul Miller from Engadget got to take a spin in this nifty little vehicle and was even able to get a video of the ride.

 

It looks very intriguing, I hope it does not go the way of the first Segway and end up overpriced and quickly ignored in the market.

 

Read more here.

 

Starting from a rest on four wheels -- the main powered wheels and the front two "safety" wheels; we never touched the back two to the ground -- the contraption shoves itself up onto two wheels quite gracefully, with the passenger compartment moving slightly independently from the wheelbase and floor. It was a bit odd, but not at all unpleasant, and we were soon zipping down the road. Since the P.U.M.A. is self-balancing, we felt way less force when accelerating and decelerating than we would in a car, since our body was being "leaned" into it instead of pulled along. Turning on a dime is quite fun as well, and we could see this thing making itself quite at home on city streets.

 

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