I’m really not sure whether or not I think this is cool or ridiculous. My post title is clearly a little sarcastic.
Obvious problems with the vehicle include limited range (35 miles) and apparent limited storage for cargo. Is there a spot for groceries or a back pack? I am assuming that the production vehicle will be enclosed. It will be interesting to see an estimated cost. Considering that Segways cost at least $5,000, I can’t see this being especially affordable. I think I’ll stick with a bicycle.
Testing out GM’s two-wheeled oddball
The carmaker’s latest balancing act involves an electric car for urban streets.
By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNNMoney.com senior writer
Last Updated: April 7, 2009: 2:58 PM ET
The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, isn’t intended to replace cars. It can only travel at speeds up to 35 miles per hour and it has a range of just 35 miles before needing a recharge.
Unlike electric vehicles you can buy today, the PUMA will be able to, essentially, drive itself, GM says. A transmitter inside the vehicle will share moment-by-moment driving information with other vehicles nearby creating a moving network of vehicles that will enable the cars to automatically avoid hitting one another.
Developed in cooperation with Segway, which produces the famous two-wheeled transporter of the same name, the PUMA is intended for use in urban environments where a compact, highly maneuverable vehicle like this could significantly reduce congestion, GM (GM, Fortune 500) said.
What do you think?