GM, Segway Making Futuristic iPhone-Compatible Electric Scooter Thingy
Sure, GM is on the brink of bankruptcy, but that didn’t stop them from partnering with Segway to make their latest futuristic gadget, Project P.U.M.A. — or the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility vehicle. As the name suggests, it’s a compact alternative transportation vehicle that runs on two lithium ions and self-balances itself like a Segway on two wheels driven by two electric motors. Best of all, it’s controlled by a “fly-by-wire” system, with ‘dashboard’ information displayed on a connected iPhone.
“Project Puma represents a unique solution to moving about and interacting in cities, where more than half of the world’s people live,” said Larry Burns, GM VP of R&D and Strategic Planning. “Imagine small, nimble electric vehicles that know where other moving objects are and avoid running into them. Now, connect those vehicles in an Internet-like web and you can greatly enhance the ability of people to move through cities, find places to park and connect to their social and business networks.”
[via Register Hardware]