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Date: 04/07/09 03:39 PM

66 Responses to Segway + General Motors = P.U.M.A

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
    18499 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm
    Link: Segway + General Motors = P.U.M.A - Introducing the Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility, the new two-person car built by Segway and GM. Safe?
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    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
    2389 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm
    i can see riot cops in these things
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    Da_bond_007 Male 13-17
    81 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm
    What in sam hell is a puma?
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    Safe? Yes.

    Its safe, but its also slow, frail and gay.
    Probably also expensive.

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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:55 pm
    Its like a wheelchair.
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
    2346 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm
    Well, it does have wheels on the front...I`d never drive it, or atleast own it. Maybe drive it for a little fun.
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    USFEmoGirl Female 18-29
    1437 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm
    This is just a retarded design. Why not just get out and walk? The only way I could see this being a productive design is if the entire world traded their vehicles in for this one. Otherwise - it is just like the segway, a fail.
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    bobthemime Male 18-29
    94 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm
    hate to point it out to them, but y`all look less of a geek on a segway....hell even Smart ForTwo is higher on my "to buy list" thn this carp
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    hunterhydie Male 18-29
    36 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm
    it looks like a big baby carriage to me
  10. Profile photo of slugs
    slugs Male 30-39
    357 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm
    No person is going to actually buy and use that crapamobile.

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    skypirate Male 18-29
    2345 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm
    no thanks, ill stick to walking in the city!
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    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    1 person segway = fail
    2 person segway = double fail
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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
    1789 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    If it was slightly less oddly designed, then hell yeah I would take one.
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    Squarks Male 18-29
    98 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm
    they called this thing a Puma? God, just roosterslap one of the coolest animals on earth, why dont ya? A better name would have been the failsnail
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    froggy5890 Female 18-29
    44 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    I kinda like the Segway. But this, well.... Couldn`t you just buy a motorcycle? For cheaper? I think they have battery/electric motorcycles these days too (is too lazy to actually google and find out). Kinda just a useless machine at this point.
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    Crabes Male 30-39
    1285 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    bicycle feel i lot safer then that crap
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    flying_ltj Male 18-29
    340 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm
    A more accurate name for this would seem to be the "street urchin-less rickshaw".
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    madest Male 40-49
    7379 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm
    looks like a trashcan
  19. Profile photo of Quik2TheStab
    Quik2TheStab Male 18-29
    661 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    I`m 6`2" and 170 pounds. The only way that thing can carry two people is if the other one was until recently inside of a fat woman.
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    ZMDalph Male 13-17
    216 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    i think it looks more like a... warthog
  21. Profile photo of Randy4861
    Randy4861 Male 40-49
    187 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:46 pm
    The future`s so bright I gotta turn the light on.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    The trouble with all of these super-smart cars is: VISIBILITY. You go out on the road in one of those, it`ll be less than a week before you get squashed by another driver who didn`t see you.
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    CDEEU Male 18-29
    18 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:19 pm
    Why bother balancing the thing on two wheels set side-by-side. It`s the answer to a question nobody asked.
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    excelman Male 30-39
    418 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm
    Two words: Head on
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    RickyGTO Male 18-29
    289 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm
    well this thing isn`t made for the streets... Its for dense city areas like New York and Chicago. It has a top speed of 35mph and is targeted at daily commuters with a short commute. Smart move by GM but its just healthier to ride your bike.
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    sewermonkey Male 30-39
    281 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    The only way i would buy this would be if they put a dalek body from Dr Who on it.
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    Nath2k8 Male 18-29
    241 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm
    Tuesday, April 07, 2009 3:54:51 PM
    What in sam hell is a puma?

    Its an animal...and a shoddy clothing brand from the early 90`s

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    Lockon Male 18-29
    376 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm
    " its just healthier to ride your bike."

    Sign of the times, huh?

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    Negative_One Male 30-39
    2584 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    Project Death Trap.
  30. Profile photo of Norts
    Norts Male 18-29
    486 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    Could be safe, but I`d rather just ride my bike if I`m only going a short distance.
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    nobody404 Male 13-17
    247 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 6:07 pm
    "i think it looks more like a... warthog"

    Epic reference is epic.

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    opiebreath Female 18-29
    15782 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    It just looks like a golf cart... but black.
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    ozmonkey Male 13-17
    41 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm
    Cars would not see that.
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    SamVimes Male 30-39
    619 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    They wanted to release it last Wednesday, but were concerned that everyone would think that it was a joke.

    Too fast for the sidewalks and too slow for the streets. My favorite thing about this is that GM thinks that they will designate special lanes on the streets for this.

    In case you were wondering about the price, they wouldn`t put a number to it, but said that it would cost about a third of what a normal car costs to own and operate.

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    doug1963aaa Male 40-49
    347 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm
    Excelman:

    Apply directly to the forehead! Apply directly to the forehead! Apply directly...

    Sorry, not exactly relevant.

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    facepalmist Male 18-29
    63 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 7:39 pm
    Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility? Slapping together random words does not make a good acronym... just like slapping together a bike and a whateverthehellthatis does not make a good vehicle
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    splat13 Male 30-39
    301 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm
    why GM is going into the toilet... wheelchair with a shell
  38. Profile photo of SuperN00B
    SuperN00B Male 30-39
    270 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 7:44 pm
    They see me rolled on. My Segway, I know in my heart they think I`m Wight and Nerdy. - Weird Al Yankovic
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    Calderis Male 18-29
    326 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    Can Wights be nerdy?
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    Joolin Male 18-29
    1003 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    Segway has really outdone themselves this time. I didn`t think it was possible to design a more inefficient mode of transportation, but apparently I was wrong.

    What do they have against numbers of wheels greater than two?! Adding one more wheel would make it require substantially less technology and therefore cost thousands less. I have thought about it a lot and I still can`t think of one advantage to having only two parallel wheels.

    Also, imagine getting in an accident on one of those things. A f*cking bicycle could take this thing out!

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    mrpopenfresh Male 18-29
    1037 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm
    A segway with a seat is stilla segway.
  42. Profile photo of Zombiemike
    Zombiemike Male 18-29
    553 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 10:10 pm
    I`d be afraid of it tipping over
  43. Profile photo of mattriesel
    mattriesel Male 18-29
    134 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    Well, maybe GM will use the bailout in a lucrati... Fock.
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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
    4033 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 11:09 pm
    Looks like an over-sized baby stroller. Who is going to buy that? Get into an accident with an orange cone and you`re wiped out!
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    Boredered Male 18-29
    2508 posts
    April 7, 2009 at 11:10 pm
    Diabities cure :) from extinction :P
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    ometatherion Male 30-39
    174 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 12:11 am
    what a piece of poo, no wonder GM is about to die; flushing money (our tax money now) down the toilet
  47. Profile photo of grahamm
    grahamm Male 18-29
    249 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 1:22 am
    that looks well cool. but not as cool as that japanese armchair with wheels they had on topgear ages back :)
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    trp712 Male 18-29
    2240 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 1:47 am
    Okay, i`ve said this before, but this tim ei mean it....where do I get one???
  49. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 5:06 am
    Motorised wheelchairs are nothing new, and that`s all this is. It`s obviously not safe on the road. I`d rather have one of those mobility carriage things - they`re much sturdier.
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    skittler Female 18-29
    79 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 5:10 am
    i think that`s pretty cool. and pretty efficient if u live in a city. i`d run it.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 5:38 am
    Why not just put a plastic bubble roof and a slightly more powerful motor on something like this:

    Seriously...it`s reliable, extensively tested in real use, much safer and far cheaper than this PUMA thing.

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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17515 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 5:53 am
    Looks like a disaster waiting to happen.
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    comp_wizard Male 18-29
    194 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 6:38 am
    "It increases capacity to two passengers in a seated position; capable of carrying them up to anywhere between 25 and 35 mph (40 - 56 kph) for anywhere between 25 and 35 miles (40 - 56 km) on a single charge."

    If the PUMA can actually do 35, then it can keep up with traffic on city streets. I don`t see any visibility issues that can`t be solved by just painting the thing a brighter color. It may not provide the impact protection of a car, but would be at least as safe as riding a motorcycle.

    Of course, if the thing tops out at 25 mph, then it becomes a traffic hazard. So the viability really depends on how much power they can get into the production model.

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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 7:09 am
    And GM wonders why it`s going bankrupt it`s a Walmart cart with a friggen bubble over it.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
    11742 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 7:12 am
    PUMA + SEMI = epic fail

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    alexdude411 Male 18-29
    4 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 8:28 am
    dude even if that thing got nailed by a girl on a pink tricycle it would still go flying
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    kinjomusashi Male 30-39
    916 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 10:15 am
    did that thing actually have rims??? bwahahahahaha!!! never mind, i`ll just walk...
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    GrayFox Male 18-29
    91 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 3:28 pm
    Aw I was waiting for the night drive where that guy gets mugged, at least if your on a motorcycle people have second thoughts about it
  59. Profile photo of Lock_Face
    Lock_Face Male 18-29
    16 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm
    I wanna drop kick it...
  60. Profile photo of Max_Normal
    Max_Normal Male 30-39
    501 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    "Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility? Slapping together random words does not make a good acronym... just like slapping together a bike and a whateverthehellthatis does not make a good vehicle"

    Cretinous Urban Numpty Transport System?

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    hyybrucewayn Male 18-29
    203 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    It looks like a cool thing, but I have serious doubts about it being a practical means of transportation. honestly, you couldn`t pay me to drive that thing down a busy New York Street.

    and as for the acronyms, how about
    D.U.M.B. Darwin`s Urban Mobility Bike

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    ctucker Male 18-29
    128 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm
    and a dumbass in a car hits you and you go bye bye...forever.
  63. Profile photo of Pilanus
    Pilanus Male 18-29
    675 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 9:27 pm
    hmm, fancy(and likely expensive as hell) golf cart...
  64. Profile photo of ADMFlapplap
    ADMFlapplap Male 18-29
    175 posts
    April 8, 2009 at 10:56 pm
    You might not be as protected as you would be in a full-sized car with airbags, but it looks safer than a motorcycle or scooter, and there are plenty of people who use those every day. This looks like a good idea.
  65. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
    2172 posts
    April 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    hyybrucewayn pretty much summed it up.

    D.U.M.B.

    Darwin`s Urban Mobility Bike. Just one ride and we garantee you will become an instant Darwin Award recipient or your money back... to your next of kin... if you have any.

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    yoimmylene Female 13-17
    2066 posts
    April 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    Talk about a negative star saftey rating. Looks cool, though.

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