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Is it a rickshaw or a car? GM sees PUMA in the future

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posted on Apr, 7 2009 @ 03:50 PM

NEW YORK — Having conquered the world of passenger vehicles, General Motors Corp. showed off its vision of future transportation today that’s either exciting or frightening, depending on whether one cares about driving. Advertisement GM and Segway unveiled the Project PUMA, a two-seat rickshaw minus a rick that uses the Segway’s electric systems to glide around on two wheels. Capable of carrying 700 pounds in a frame about half the size of a Smart car, the PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility) can spin on a pin and “bows” to let passengers in and out.

I can't see these being driven on the road. For one, they simply wouldn't work in states that have cold winters--you'd freeze to death. They couldn't possibly drive through snow. You hit a pothole and you are out of commission.

I am not sure if I can post the picture from the freep on here. I know how, but not sure if it's ok to.

EDIT---Mods please delete. There is already a thread on this topic.

[edit on 7-4-2009 by virraszto]


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