GM Partners on Enclosed, 1-Seater Segway

GM hopes urban innovations will stave off trouble
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2009 7:59 AM CDT
General Motors Renaissance Center headquarters building is shown during their centennial celebration in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008.    (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)
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(Newser) – In a bid to innovate its way to a viable future, GM is working with Segway to make a two-wheeled urban single-passenger vehicle, reports the Wall Street Journal. Set to debut in 2012, the PUMA would run on batteries, go up to 35 miles per hour, and in many ways resemble a Segway with a seat and an enclosure. GM’s research chief said he expected it to cost one-third to one-fourth the price of a traditional vehicle.