From the Web site that brought you the it's-2009-so-here's-a-steam-powered-car feature, here's something even more modern. Segway and General Motors have announced they're developing a two-wheeled, self-righting electric Segway car.
Currently in the prototype phase, the Segway PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility -- top backronymage there) operates just like a traditional self-righting Segway. Except it's got seats for two people, a roof, up to 35 miles of driving time on a single charge and can travel up to 35mph. And those 35 miles will cost you just 40p in electricity -- that's about six quid to drive from Penzance to Edinburgh.
Currently Segway hasn't disclosed any plans to sell these things commercially, and precisely how it'll perform in adverse weather conditions -- or going up hills -- is a topic for a future Q and A session. But the company sees this as the future of urban transportation (kind sirs, where are our goddamn flying cars?!), so production of a similar vehicle seems at least possible.
"Good for old people, death on wheels"
Crave's car expert Rory Reid weighed in with his speculative two cents. "It might be a good replacement for mobility scooters for old people," he thought, "but to me it looks like death on wheels."
For more of Rory's inflammatory opinions about the safety of transport destined for the eldery, keep your eyes peeled on Car Tech. And for more info about the PUMA, keep those balls* firmly glued** to CNET UK.