GM and Segway reveal urban electric two-wheeler — Green Centre — Autos — MSN CA

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GM and Segway reveal urban two-wheeler

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It sounds like an unlikely but it’s true. General and Segway have teamed up to an urban transportation device provides personal mobility, reducing congestion and pollution. The of the 18-month collaboration is Project Urban Mobility and Accessibility P.U.M.A. for short.

It isn’t a that P.U.M.A. shares a lot in with the Segway Personal P.U.M.A. features an all-electric plus a side-by-side two-wheel Like the Segway, it uses stabilization technology to keep it and balanced.

Where P.U.M.A. pushes is in practicality, usability and safety. other personal mobility such as Toyota’s i-Unit or P.U.M.A. accommodates two passengers in a capsule that’s shielded the elements (as pictured, this prototype doesn’t have the bodywork). It also features seatbelts and a safety cage. to a more sophisticated electric and battery pack, its top speed is 56 and it can travel up to 56 km/h between

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P.U.M.A. boasts a few other technologies a self-parking function and the ability to up to a network capable of connecting and with other vehicles. In to allowing the driver to keep in with friends and family on the go, is able to share information parking spots and local GM hopes to apply its vehicle-to-vehicle communication system which allow for autonomous driving and the of accidents.

What about cost? In to appeal to the masses, such a would need to be affordable. As of the project’s technologies currently GM believes it can get the vehicle to market and at a price that’s affordable to Larry Burns, GM’s of Research Development, says the could cost as little as to one-quarter of the cost of a conventional

A second-generation prototype, complete autonomous driving capabilities, be unveiled later this

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