PUMA - GM Project

Posted on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 , 18:04:41 byEmil

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PUMA - GM Project

General Motors, instead of recreating the wheel, decided on reinventing the automobile. Teaming up with Segway for creating a 2-wheeled, 2-seat urban people mover. Named the P.U.M.A. (meaning Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), it has lots of the design ideas, once pipe dreams in the design schools.

PUMA’s battery is good for 35 miles; designed for urban zones, the maximum speed is 35 mph. 'Project P.U.M.A. represents a unique solution to moving about and interacting in cities, where more than half of the world’s people live' affirmed Larry Burns, the GM vice president of research/development, 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'.

'We are excited to be working together to demonstrate a dramatically different approach to urban mobility' said the CEO of Segway Inc, Jim Norrod. 'There’s an emotional connection you get when using Segway products. The Project P.U.M.A. prototype vehicle embodies this through the combination of advanced technologies that Segway and GM bring to the table to complete the connection between the rider, environment, and others'.

'Imagine moving about cities in a vehicle fashioned to your taste, that’s fun to drive and ride in, that safely takes you where you want to go, and "connects" you to friends and family, while using clean, renewable energy, producing zero vehicle tailpipe emissions, and without the stress of traffic jams' Burns said. 'And imagine doing this for one-fourth to one-third the cost of what you pay to own and operate today’s automobile. This is what Project P.U.M.A. is capable of delivering'.