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GM & Segway

2009-04-07 13:52:47.304616+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

[ related topics: Automobiles Segway/Ginger/IT ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-07 14:38:06.616046+00 by: meuon

That's not original.. Loren was driving one of those in 2002 at Burning Man.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-07 14:42:52.696097+00 by: mvandewettering

Dear Lord. GM jumped the shark ages ago. Can't we just let it go?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-07 16:21:04.08432+00 by: andylyke

Maybe it's just my lack of imagination, but it seems to me that all the balancing act involved in controlling the Segue must consume a fair amount of energy. Why not just plant a third wheel (caster), and run it by differential drive wheels?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-08 11:10:29.17432+00 by: meuon

the balancing act DOES draw some energy, but with uber-efficient motors, not as much as you might think, Did you notice the casters fore and aft? Those scare me. At least on a Segway, if things go wrong (that 45 degree hill), you can jump off.

It's a concept vehicle, useful in limited places. They can give them to GM Exec's.

I'm driving a Mini, I've looked hard at "Smart" cars (they really don't get that good of milage in comparison) and that's as small as I want to go if I'm sharing the road with F150's and H2's.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-04-08 12:02:51.35451+00 by: Dan Lyke

The "Smart" car seems amazingly expensive and gas hungry, especially when for $14,000 you could get a Honda Fit that carries more and gets way better mileage.