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  1. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    #1 vfx, Apr 7, 2009
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    PRESS RELEASE

    GM and Segway Join Forces to Reinvent Urban Transportation

    NEW YORK - General Motors Corp. and Segway today demonstrated a new type of vehicle that could change the way we move around in cities.

    Dubbed Project P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), GM and Segway are developing an electrically powered, two-seat prototype vehicle that has only two wheels. It could allow people to travel around cities more quickly, safely, quietly and cleanly - and at a lower total cost. The vehicle also enables design creativity, fashion, fun and social networking.

    GM and Segway announced their collaboration, while demonstrating the Project P.U.M.A. prototype in New York City this morning.

    "Project P.U.M.A. represents a unique solution to moving about and interacting in cities, where more than half of the world's people live," said Larry Burns, GM vice president of research and development, and strategic planning. "Imagine small, nimble electric vehicles that know where other moving objects are and avoid running into them. Now, connect those vehicles in an Internet-like web and you can greatly enhance the ability of people to move through cities, find places to park and connect to their social and business networks."

    Trends indicate that urbanization is growing, and with that comes increased congestion and more competition for parking. Cities around the world are actively looking for solutions to alleviate congestion and pollution. Project P.U.M.A. addresses those concerns. It combines several technologies demonstrated by GM and Segway, including electric drive and batteries; dynamic stabilization (two-wheel balancing); all-electronic acceleration, steering and braking; vehicle-to-vehicle communications; and autonomous driving and parking. Those technologies integrate in Project P.U.M.A. to increase mobility freedom, while also enabling energy efficiency, zero emissions, enhanced safety, seamless connectivity and reduced congestion in cities.

    "We are excited to be working together to demonstrate a dramatically different approach to urban mobility," said Jim Norrod, CEO of Segway Inc. "There's an emotional connection you get when using Segway products. The Project P.U.M.A. prototype vehicle embodies this through the combination of advanced technologies that Segway and GM bring to the table to complete the connection between the rider, environment, and others."

    Project P.U.M.A. vehicles will also allow designers to create new fashion trends for cars, and to focus on the passion and emotion that people express through their vehicles while creating solutions that anticipate the future needs of urban customers.

    The Project P.U.M.A. prototype vehicle integrates a lithium-ion battery, digital smart energy management, two-wheel balancing, dual electric wheel motors, and a dockable user interface that allows off-board connectivity. The result is an advanced and functional concept that demonstrates the capabilities of technology that exists today.

    Built to carry two or more passengers, it can travel at speeds up to 35 miles per hour (56 kph), with a range up to 35 miles (56 km) between recharges.

    Since the introduction of the Segway Personal Transporter (PT), Segway has established itself as the leader in the small electric vehicle space. Its approach to congestion and environmental challenges is balanced with a strong understanding of the functional needs of its customers, enabling them to do more with less. Segway has delivered more than 60,000 lithium-ion batteries to the market.

    GM has been a leader in "connected vehicle" technologies since it introduced OnStar in 1996. Today, this on-board communications package connects six million subscribers in North America to OnStar safety and security services. GM has also pioneered vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications systems and transponder technology. These and additional connected vehicle technologies could ultimately enable vehicles that don't crash and drive themselves.

    "Imagine moving about cities in a vehicle fashioned to your taste, that's fun to drive and ride in, that safely takes you where you want to go, and "connects" you to friends and family, while using clean, renewable energy, producing zero vehicle tailpipe emissions, and without the stress of traffic jams," said Burns. "And imagine doing this for one-fourth to one-third the cost of what you pay to own and operate today's automobile. This is what Project P.U.M.A. is capable of delivering."
     
  2. Kevin Harney

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    If I lived in the city I would definately do that. It is pretty cool. And looks very convenient.
     
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    They need to add better weather protection and room for four grocery bags. With that, I think, it could be a viable town transportation device.
     
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    The link shows a model with weather protection. And I am sure that if you did not take a passenger that you could get 4 grocery bags in there.
     
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    OK - where did the link go !!! ????!!!
     
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    I bet that guy would be required to wear a helmet driving that on the street.

    I wouldn't want to have a run in with a car while in that.
     
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    A few years ago, I was keen on getting a Segway, until I realized that its top speed of 12mph was slower than a bicycle, and its range was more limited. And I would have to pay ten times the price for it.

    This Puma can go faster, 35mph, and has the sit-down option, which makes it more useful. But I'm still not sure it will compare favorably to a bicycle. The top speed puts it into the NEV class, and probably keeps it out of the bicycle lanes, where you can actually gain a good advantage over cars in urban rush hour traffic. Meanwhile, it doesn't appear to be safer than a bicycle, nor more convenient, and likely costs some multiple of one.
     
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    IMO it looks like a wheel chair on steroids. What is GM thinking when they are in dire straits?
     
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    I'll keep my e-bike that cost me <$900, is more convenient to store and use, goes just as far.
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    who makes that? where can i find more info on it ?
     
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    I thought this was some belated April Fool's joke when I saw this earlier, except it also appeared in the newspaper I picked up on the way home from work.


    So, GM:

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    Or Tesla:

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    Honestly folks, who would you take more seriously if you were handing out tax dollars?

    This is just another one of those "wacky future car" creations designed to show green transport is as far away as ever.
     
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    I think it's based on Kamen's iBOT chair:

    Products & Technology

    The technology is really amazing, but great tech doesn't mean great cool. Kamen would do well to find someone to make his inventions more desirable, and improve their image as "nerd toys."
     
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    The iBOt was the original -then the Segway and all it's iterations. I forgive him far the nerd toys just because the chair is so remarkable.

    Dean is a Roadster owner.
     
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    To make these personal transport devices work, we'd really need someone willing to rethink our road systems. I love what Copenhagen and Amsterdam have done with bicycles. Something like one-third of trips in those cities are by bicycle, with bicycle usage increasing as the development of specialized bicycling roadways has accelerated.

    Without such specialized roads, you're not going to see people take to small neighborhood vehicles en masse. If Congress is going to give tax dollars for this device, it really should also start rethinking roads.

    I read an odd statistic the other day: people's average commute times are pretty much constant no matter what you do with roads. In other words, if you make a better, less congested road, people will move further away from work. If you make a worse, more congested road, people will move closer to work. The irony, of course, is that as we improve infrastructure, we also increase fuel usage, and in turn worsen our environment.
     
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    GM grasping at straws. I much prefer Segway's Centaur concept. If GM was to look at anything from the mind of Dean Kamen, I'm not sure why they don't explore his Sterling engine to charge the Volt.
     
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    I'm in. Can I rent one somewhere?

    I'm sure we will still hear from that effort.
     
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    When I click on it I get "Embedding disabled by request".
    Is that a new feature of YouTube?

    Are we entering a new era of embedding restrictions?
     
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    An electric rickshaw. The question is why? I guess we could add it to the golf car population here in Del Webb, but what possible use could it be elsewhere?
     

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