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GM, Segway Unveil Their ‘Obama-Mobile’

From an ecstatic Associated Press:

GM and Segway unveil new two-wheeled urban vehicle

By Bree Fowler And Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writers

NEW YORK – A solution to the world’s urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels not four, according to executives for General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc.

The companies announced Tuesday that they are working together to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks 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.

"We’re excited about doing more with less," said Jim Norrod, chief executive of Segway, the Bedford, N.H.-based maker of electric scooters. "Less emissions, less dependability on foreign oil and less space."

The 300-pound prototype runs on a lithium-ion battery and uses Segway’s characteristic two-wheel balancing technology, along with dual electric motors. It’s designed to reach speeds of up to 35 miles-per-hour 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 total between one-fourth and one-third of that of the average traditional vehicle…

Is this the kind of vehicle that Mr. Obama’s General Motors will be turning out?

Talk about blood for oil, this is the very embodiment of a car that would be unsafe at any speed.

And who cares how little fuel or space it needs.

That is not the reason we want automobiles.

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

31 Responses to “GM, Segway Unveil Their ‘Obama-Mobile’”

  1. Odie44 says:

    I want to see the body count within 1 week on NYC streets.

    The East River alone will take out 50-75 people aweek, due to the FDR, 58th street, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/05/30/segway_ipo/

    IPO never happened, sales figures are never released and it’s been a joke to the masses.

    Perfect fit for a GM partnership…

    • AmericanIPA says:

      Now you’re talking! How soon can we get them all to NYC? Next stop, Washington DC.

      Wouldn’t this little bugger be great at hauling around the kids and groceries? Another in a long line of examples of how out of touch the people who make policy really are. Now they’re dictating what industry is to do. How wrong could that possibly go?

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    One of the signs of the apocolypse is seeing Colonel 1961 driving one of these.

    Hey, Colonel. NY Car Show this weekend – after church of course!

    Here – some burn outs from around the world. The last one is the vehicle spec’d by the Whitehouse for GM & Chrysler -seen at an undisclosed testing facility in Iraq. They haven’t named it yet, but the Barackbashizzle is the leading candidate (FYI – note the official Whitehouse required garb):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y23mi6GAvJ4

    My favorite of course is the 3 window coupe. Always will be.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Please, if you see me driving one of those, you’ll know the pod people have taken over my body. Shoot me!

      Will have to miss the NYC car show – busy protecting my azaleas from the freezing temperatures (global warming, ya know) and watching The Masters…

  3. proreason says:

    Big enough to kill pedestrians, but not safe enough to protect the driver.

    If this had ever been proposed for a gasoline-powered car during Bush’s tenure, the msm knives would have come out in minute 1.

    Truly Orwellian.

  4. badcrow says:

    This is why GM is swirling down the bowl! Just how much of the bailout cash was squandered on this failed technology? Segway tech is already doomed, just never caught on–other than as a novelty for bad films… What genius at GM thought that a few more bells and whistles would make it work?
    We aready have amazing, efficient, and economical two wheeled vehicles called motorcycles! They work great and are great on gas. Far as cars go, just build us a four door sedan that gets 40 mpg, has enough power to pass a truck and is easy to maintain by the owner. Build it to last (we know you can do it!) and give us a few cool colors. Forget the ipod docks and built in video and hot-tubs and other useless bullshit. A simple, durable powerful car that’s good on gas. Bring it in for about $10,000 and the whole world would drive it!! Think that’s a crazy idea? Look no farther than India for an example of low cost efficient transportation. If they can sell that little buggy for a couple grand. We could do better. Why don’t we?

    • proreason says:

      “Why don’t we?”

      Because Obamy says no. He doesn’t like gasoline. It doesn’t help him control the planet.

  5. artboyusa says:

    That is the gayest thing I’ve ever seen.

  6. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Wonder how well it does in the snow…..

    But I’m not really all that concerned about safety. If you are dumb enough to buy one, chauk it up to natural selection.

    • Yarddog1 says:

      I think the government screwing around with natural selection is what got us in this mess in the first place. Many among us would not be here today without the assistance (forced dependence) on Ole’ Uncle. How on earth could certain “underclasses” (read sorry, lazy, leeching – and on and on) have survived without the gov-ment’s help

  7. arb says:

    It looks like a motorized wheelchair, which is what you’ll end up in if you’re dumb enough to drive one of these things anywhere outside of your living room.

    • Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

      That’s right arb, and if your claim gets turned down by Medicare, The Scooter Store will give you your Obama-Mobile at absolutely no cost to you!

  8. mikepatr says:

    Artboyusa: I agree…. almost.
    See the following:

    http://www.smartusa.com/

    To me, the Smart car is in a similar class.

  9. mikepatr says:

    Oh yeah… there’s also this “new way to roll”. :)

    http://www.kia.com/#/soul/explore/

    • Anonymoose says:

      Ack! I’ve seen those commercials. Being able to “roll” is about all that thing has going for it.

  10. GL0120 says:

    35 MPH for 35 hours?
    Please tell me that this is a belated April Fool’s joke.
    You couldn’t hope to get on an major roadway if that’s the fastest you could do and god forbid if you somehow found a way, you’d be a huge safety hazard.
    Crashing at 35 mph in the Obamamobile compared to 35 mph in a real car is literally a matter of life and death; life if you’re in a real car… .

  11. A Mad Pole says:

    From making Stingrays to making wheelchairs. Pathetic

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Bravo, Pole. Not to get all laced up on testosterone, but holy mother-of-pearl! Doesn’t it say something to their collective psyche when they want to make crappy, wimpy, electric, riding gyroscopes instead of burning urns of churning funk? Santa Maria…

  12. U NO HOO says:

    The only Segways I’ve ever seen were on Mythbusters and at the local mall, a security officer uses one.

    All the money Obama is spending on “cute” could go to AIG employees for doing their job. Isn’t that what a bailout is, a chance for people to keep doing their job?

    • proreason says:

      ooops. ouch.

      They are kind of like government programs.

      Good intentions. Often work just fine, particularly when used as intended. But every once in a while, you lose your life savings or your life. Nobody is ever at fault, of course, other than the user.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Remember the Earth Shoe? That was supposed to be good for you too.

  13. Trialdog says:

    Another famous socialist is credited with stimulating the design of a motor vehicle intended to be fuel efficient and built for the masses. The vehicle is the People’s Car. We refer to these cars today as Volkswagens. The famous politician was a National Socialist. Recently, his economic policies were touted by the paper of record, the New York Times. The socialist politician’s name was Adolf Hitler. I think it appropriate to refer to this unsafe, unappealling, impractical piece of junk as the “Obama-Mobile.”

  14. caligirl9 says:

    And you “drive” those things on the streets or the sidewalk?

    Heaven help a person if they live in an area will lots of illegals without driver’s licenses (and insurance) and (not meaning to be racist, but my East Indian friend tells me this is true!) lots of Asian drivers (bad drivers!).

    Not for me here in the Bay Area. I’d be dead in a week!

  15. Anonymoose says:

    With that flimsy roll over windshield and front panel it looks just great for driving in rain and cold weather. And if someone starts harassing you then don’t bother locking the doors.

    And if we’re going to be green, why does it need to balance on two wheels? Can you think of the amount of battery power it takes to keep it doing that? And what about the computers to keep it balance? Suddenly an old three wheeler with a motorcycle engine starts looking very green compared to this.

    Target market: Upscale libs and trendy “Greeners,” who’d ride it once in a blue moon in fair weather to save the environment, otherwise they’d be going with the SUV or chauffeur.

  16. Colonel1961 says:

    Begging your indulgence, but I have to post this one more time: this is why God let us invent the internal combustion engine and granted us the incredible efficiency and abundance of fossil fuels. No need to even mention the electric guitar (Fender Stratocaster, of course) or Jimi Hendrix…

    God bless America.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYjPvd9IFt8

  17. canary says:

    If the original sedgeway took 15 min. charge to go 1 mile, imagine what this would take. Families would need to buy several, and have outlets, and businesses and stores would have to have huge outlet posts. Wonder what Sedgway Charge Sations, will charge for customers to sit for 10 hours a day charging their cars.

  18. artboyusa says:

    “burning urns of churning funk…” excellent use of obscure James Taylor reference, colonel! I’d completely forgotten that song or that I ever owned one of his albums. Hey, it was the 70s. I was young. I didn’t know any better…plus I was on drugs a lot of the time, just like Barack.

  19. AbingtonJim says:

    This won’t happen because GM will be a memory by 2011


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