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Old 9th April 2009, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Revealed: The two-wheeled electric car that will 'never crash'

Revealed: The two-wheeled electric car that will 'never crash'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:02 AM on 08th April 2009


Traffic congestion, road accidents and vehicles with four wheels could soon become a thing of the past if executives at an ailing U.S. car giant get their way.

General Motors have teamed up with electric scooter maker Segway to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars for cities across the world.

The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, project also would involve a vast communications network that would allow vehicles to interact with each other, regulate the flow of traffic and prevent crashes from happening.


A design sketch of the Project PUMA prototype, being developed by General Motors and Segway

The prototype runs on a lithium-ion battery and uses Segway's two-wheel balancing technology, along with dual electric motors. It's designed to reach speeds of up to 35mph and can run 35 miles on a single charge.

The companies did not release a projected cost for the vehicle, but said ideally its total operating cost - including purchase price, insurance, maintenance and fuel - would be about one-third of that of the average traditional vehicle.

Larry Burns, GM's vice president of research and development, and strategic planning, said the project is part of Detroit-based GM's effort to remake itself as a purveyor of fuel-efficient vehicles.

If Hummer took GM to the large-vehicle extreme, Burns said, the PUMA takes GM to the other.


The electric protoype is taken for a test drive around New York

Ideally, the vehicles would also be part of a communications network that through the use of transponder and GPS technology would allow them to drive themselves.

The vehicles would automatically avoid obstacles such as pedestrians and other cars and therefore never crash, Burns said.

As a result, the PUMA vehicles would not need air bags or other traditional safety devices and include safety belts for 'comfort purposes' only, he said.

Though the technology and its goals may seem like something out of science fiction, Burns said nothing new needs to be invented for it to become a reality.

'At this point, it's merely a business decision,' he said.

Burns added that while putting that kind of communications infrastructure in place may still be a ways off for many American cities, the automaker is looking for a place, such as a college campus, where the vehicles could be put to use and grab a foothold in the market.


The prototype PUMA features four smaller wheels to help stabilise the vehicle

There's no timeline for production, Burns said.

The ambitious announcement also comes at a time when GM's future is hanging by a thread after receiving billions of dollars in federal aid and is in the midst of a vast restructuring that could still lead to a filing for bankruptcy protection.

Meanwhile, the ongoing recession has resulted in some of the lowest industrywide vehicle sales in more than a quarter century.

But Burns argued that some of the most revolutionary ideas have been born out of tough economic times.

'The next two months, and really 2009, is all about the reinvention of General Motors,' he said.



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Old 9th April 2009, 10:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Revealed: The two-wheeled electric car that will 'never crash'

americans can't build cars for nuts... or even to save themselves.
so these are the stuff they come up with after getting the few billion loan from the govt?

put 2 failures together.. segway & GM, and what do u get.... 1 word/phrase - lol.

epic fail.

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Old 9th April 2009, 09:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Revealed: The two-wheeled electric car that will 'never crash'

This will likely stay as an expensive project. Who'll need a slow moving gyroscope-controlled vehicle on the road, or whose still a high speed, unstable toy on the road?

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Re: Revealed: The two-wheeled electric car that will 'never crash'

woah it looks kinda cool though xD

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Re: Revealed: The two-wheeled electric car that will 'never crash'

yea i agree its kinda cool . . but its dangerous as it is not fully covered by metal .
Kana accident only most likely u suffer injuries as serious as what motorcycle riders will face.
If u park , u cant keep anithing onboard , itchy finger will sure take away ur things , or u come back see ur seat become rubbish bin.
It doesnt function like a motorcycle that can zap thru congestion . . so it is like a car and really do cost like a car .
worse off , it move so slow !!! even my bicycle is faster

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so cute the car, but no signal light, so dangerous on the road!~

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wow.. cool man! but dont think anyone will buy this since it looks like it will be very exp..

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wa u so xi xin >.<
i didnt even realise that.
too fascinated by the way it can balance itself ! Lol

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i reckon it will skid on corners real easily. lols

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its like so slow. wan to skid very hard la . .

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are they sure that e car will nv crash? i doubt so. e sides are exposed.

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wa u so xi xin >.<
i didnt even realise that.
too fascinated by the way it can balance itself ! Lol
I only watch the 1st video, he juz cut into the road like he want. was wondering the behind car will hit him anot

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I only watch the 1st video, he juz cut into the road like he want. was wondering the behind car will hit him anot
i think they "ba card" 1 . . for filming purposes mah . .if not u can hear honk liao

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i think they "ba card" 1 . . for filming purposes mah . .if not u can hear honk liao
i think they got mute sound and put a v loud music there.. maybe many honks for background lei! lolx

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haha . true true ..

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so unglam also.. looks like a motorised wheelchair. lol!!
sit inside have to wear paperbag on the head.

The ad says it will never crash, but nv say other ppl will not crash into it.

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so unglam also.. looks like a motorised wheelchair. lol!!
sit inside have to wear paperbag on the head.

The ad says it will never crash, but nv say other ppl will not crash into it.
paper bag? use plastic bag better, can protect you from rain!~ lolx

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haha . . . use the saf helmet . . . can deflect bullet leh . provide camouflage also.. so if ppl crash u , go claim their insurance !!

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saf helmet.. lol!! yucks.. my helmet dunno how many months nv wash, now dun even dare take out from the trash bag at home. haha~ hopefully nxt time can throw everything away.

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haha . . . my 1 also dusty liao . .heng i service side. only wear for bmt and 1 time ATP nia ! Pheww

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