GM and Segway’s P.U.M.A

General Motors and Segway will today announce that the companies have teamed up to create a new prototype electric vehicle designed for urban transportation.

Called project P.U.M.A (short for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) the two-wheeled vehicle uses the same dynamic stabilization technology found in the current Segway, but is large enough to carry two people and can reach decidedly non-Segwaylike speeds of up to 35 mph and run an hour on top speed on a single charge.

The 300-lb. experimental vehicle, which will be demonstrated to the press this morning, has a semi-enclosed cockpit with two seats, but according to Larry Burns, GM vice-president of research and development, the idea is to eventually develop a closed-cockpit vehicle that can be driven through adverse weather conditions.

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