personal transporter was introduced in 2001, it was supposed to revolutionize the way we get around. Instead, we've just made jokes about it ever since (seeGeorge W. Bush's Segway tumble
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). Today, Segway introduced the prototype for its latest collaboration with GM. We'd make fun of it if it wasn't so scary-looking.
The P.U.M.A., as it's called, reaches a top speed of 35 mph and runs on a battery. Segway hopes to have the vehicle ready for consumers by 2012. In the meantime, the company is going to have to convince us that this thing isn't actually an out-of-control cart from some amusement park ride that dooms all passengers to a fiery crash. It doesn't help that the prototype has no airbags or seat belts.
Sorry, we can't get over the whole "two non-inline wheels" thing. Fortunately for us, there are still cars and bicycles available. [Image and more info via: Segway]