05/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GM and Segway Announce Two-Wheeled Urban Transport Vehicle

Aside from the promise of nimble, inexpensive transportation, the press release says, "The vehicle also enables design creativity, fashion, fun and social networking". Ah yes, social networking: the ultimate feature to distract the driver of a rotor-less personal street helicopter with two wheels and no doors. 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 ". 2

General Motors and Segway plan to take a two-wheel concept vehicle for a spin around New York City on Tuesday. The prototype vehicle, called Project PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), is designed to ease congestion and pollution problems in cities. A PUMA runs on lithium ion batteries, can reach 35 miles per hour, and can travel up to 35 miles between charges. It includes some high-tech touches, including GM's wireless OnStar communications technology that lets a passenger locate other drivers in a city. The two-wheeler is meant to address the mounting problems of urban car transportation, according to the two companies that plan to unveil the vehicle at an auto show in New York. 1
  1. GM, Segway Partner on Two-wheel City Vehicle (cnet)
  2. GM and Segway Announce Two-Wheeled Urban Transport Vehicle (TechCrunch)