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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

    Quote Originally Posted by new coup for you View Post
    Again, what's the benefit over a bike? If the town is dense enough for segways it's dense enough for bikes. Which require no significant infrastructure. And don't look retarded. And don't result in fat people who can't walk.
    but it has GYROSCOPES
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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    You can go HERE for a rendering of a concept sketch for what it'd look like.

    The images we're seeing is essentially the shell. Its like looking at a car without any of the paneling, etc on it.

    In regards to tipping, it in general shouldn't happen. From what I've read from people that have ridden in it it feels amazingly stable and actually less forces feeling like its exerted on you during acceleration or deceleration based on the physics of it. It functions off of a lot of the same mechanics as the Segway scooters, allowing for apparently a near 0 turning radius and amazing balance.

    Their hope is to demo this out in cities that have dedicated bike lanes that would allow for this to be used.

    I applaud GM for trying something new. I think the issue with this, and the Segway's, as Gottahurt stated is that it really takes a good bit of community planning to make these work on a wide basis.

    Benefits of this over a Motorcycle? Well, a few things. First, it seems it'll get good gas mileage. Even my little 250cc Cycle that I have gets 80mpg. This is reportedly going for 200. Additionally, it'll have a roof making it likely far better for a variety of weather conditions. The passanger area doesn't seem to be more uncomfortable than the main compartment or add any difficulty to riding.

    There's benefits of the motorcycle over it as well, but I think it does have some pluses over it.

    They're reportedly shooting for a price of about 25% of what a standard car would cost.

    Its unique, and innovative. I do think its something that GM should've been making an attempt for years ago, instead of now while they're scrambling.
    It could get 500 per gallon, I wouldn't buy one; they'll be way overpriced.
    A real vehicle hitting the egg would crush it and its passengers.
    A novel toy to show neighbors... real transport? Not.

    The shell... still makes it look like a new wave golf cart.
    I'm not joking, that's their future if they can produce them for less than existing carts... that I doubt. 25% of what standard car? What is "standard". AMG55?

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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Honestly, I always thought it'd be incredibly neat to find a bunch of venture capitalists and try to create a planned community type city with perhaps a university in the vicinity designed around a lot of new tech.

    Set it up so that things like Segways, or something like this, can be reliable and workable means of travel through the entire area. Have an electric grid set up to allow for charging of electric vehicles in various places. WIFI across the entire community, etc.

    Granted you'd need some kind of main industry along with the college (which would make sense as some kind of tech college) to work. But I think it'd be a rather neat case study of trying to design a modern town based on modern technology.
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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

    Syd Kitson's vision, Babcock Ranch, will feature a variety of green innovations including recharging stations for electric vehicles, the world's largest photovoltaic solar plant and a smart power grid, Time magazine reported.

    Kitson's plan is to build a self-contained city where people shop, live, work, go to school and play without having to take a long car trip.

    The city would feature a bikeable and walkable downtown, 8,000 homes, a school, a wellness facility and sustainable retail stores, Time reported.

    "Some people think I got hit in the head a few too many times," Kitson, who played in the NFL for six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, told Time. "But, I still believe deeply in Florida. And the time has come for something completely different."

    Florida Power and Light said Thursday they would join the ex-football star's vision and provide electricity for the city of tomorrow with a 75-megawatt photovoltaic plant — nearly twice as big as the current record holder in Germany, Time reported.
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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Sorry, could never live in a city made by a damn cowgirl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GottaHurt View Post
    Indeed, I'd hate for you to be associated with a winner. Your side has a history of failure, and it's good to see you embrace it, and continue the tradition.
    Call me when you all are losing in January again...you know, like for the past decade

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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

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    Call me when you all are losing in January again...you know, like for the past decade
    Almost 2 decades for your last SB appearance.
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    Re: GM, Segway team up on 200-mpg 2-seater

    we're getting off topic.

    the topic being: the segway is really stupid and no one should buy one.
    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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