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If you thought the Segway was strange..............(6 posts)

If you thought the Segway was strange..............firstrax
Dec 24, 2003 9:30 AM
... I'm in luv...Akirasho
Dec 24, 2003 9:58 AM
... kind of a cross between something from the Jetsons, and the guy who rides the one wheel in the BC comics...

I know the Segway has weathered a lot of flack, but the technologies that make it, and perhaps this wheel wonder possible also made this...

http://www.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/08/14/stair.climbing.wheelchair.ap/

After all, at the beginning of the last century, most folks saw the light bulb and telephones as unnecessary curiosities...

Be the bike.
... more...Akirasho
Dec 24, 2003 10:20 AM
http://www.gizmo.com.au/public/News/news.asp?articleid=2350

Be the bike.
It looks like something Wile E. Coyote drives...Dave_Stohler
Dec 25, 2003 2:20 PM
..in a Roadrunner cartoon. Just put a little puff of smoke behind it, and a couple motion lines......

BTW, is it made by Acme?
Toyota PMgala7516
Dec 24, 2003 1:01 PM

I originaly saw this in Road & Track.



http://www.edmunds.com/news/autoshows/articles/100643/page013.html

What Is It?
Toyota PM Concept

What's Special About It?
If you really loved the movie Tron then you'll love the PM. Toyota bills the PM as a personal vehicle you can wear. Looking like a cross between a motorcycle and some kind of crazy alien life-form, the PM is designed primarily for headline grabbing and crowd gathering.

An abbreviation of Personal Mobility, the PM can shift between a more carlike high-speed mode (wheelbase fully extended), a city mode (wheelbase partially shortened and driving position elevated) or an entry/exit mode where the PM moves the cabin to an almost upright position to make getting in and out easier. Power comes from a DC electric motor mounted in the back and driving the rear wheels. The PM also boasts a very tight turning radius as the wheels can pivot in or out to a much higher degree than a normal car.

The PM is designed to communicate with other PM vehicles and can travel in close groups or have the drivers "chat" when parked. Steering is done by two joysticks positioned on either side of the driver and utilizes drive-by-wire technology.

Why Should You Care?
The PM takes drive-by-wire technology to its logical conclusion — it seems like only a matter of time before a production car incorporates a joystick as part of the driving experience. — Brian Moody



Volvo or Saab been working on joysticktmotz
Dec 25, 2003 11:34 AM
control for safety.No steering wheel and a clear shot for the air bag.