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Thomas Dafnides
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 - posted November 23, 2013 06:50 PM      Profile for Thomas Dafnides   Email Thomas Dafnides   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This is one of the most innovative (in production not a protype)
vehicles I have seen in a long time....
www.organictransit.com

My concern would be, since it weighs only 150 lbs pounds...what would prevent someone with a pick up truck just lifting it off the parking lot, and driving off?

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Maurice Leakey
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 - posted November 24, 2013 02:15 AM      Profile for Maurice Leakey   Email Maurice Leakey   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Reminds me of Clive Sinclair's C5 which was a commercial disaster.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinclair_C5

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Steve Klare
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 - posted November 24, 2013 04:45 AM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It actually has a lot of the same problems as the Segway: too large and fast to operate on the sidewalk, too small and slow to operate in urban vehicular traffic. The Segway hasn't been the success they hoped because of this: neat idea but limited environments where it is usable. Its best chance to be useful is places where there are streets that are closed to cars and trucks, but not reserved for pedestrians only: a fraction of a fraction.

The strength of bicycles is that they are small enough to zip through the cracks (even when they shouldn't...). In places like midtown Mannhattan it's often the fastest way to get where you're going.

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David Ollerearnshaw
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 - posted November 24, 2013 03:06 PM      Profile for David Ollerearnshaw   Author's Homepage   Email David Ollerearnshaw   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Not too far away from me is Cudworth where his happened to a Sedway user.

Read the last bit too about the man who owned the company.

I think I only ever so one of the C5's a young lad had one they looked very unstable.

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Steve Klare
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 - posted November 24, 2013 03:53 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Yes,

One of the things Segway has looked into to increase their sales is develop models capable of rough country usage, for example they have some that are set up as a golf cart for one. The poor fellow was experiencing some ambitious off-roading when he had his accident.

I work at a place that would actually be a fairly decent candidate for these. It's a 2500 acre campus with miles of semi-private low speed roads and pretty careful driving (If you get a ticket, you get to discuss it with your boss...and then maybe his boss.). If you hang it far enough over the edge, you can be fired!

We have hundreds of bikes running around, and so far one Segway.

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Michael O'Regan
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 - posted November 24, 2013 04:34 PM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
On a slightly related topic, check out this weeks New Yorker magazine for the motoring future - the car that drives itself. It ain't too far away.

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Ken Finch
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 - posted November 24, 2013 04:49 PM      Profile for Ken Finch   Email Ken Finch   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Michael, If it is computer controlled, its likely to get taken over by hackers and cause even more accidents than humans do!!! Ken Finch. [Roll Eyes]

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Thomas Dafnides
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 - posted November 24, 2013 05:09 PM      Profile for Thomas Dafnides   Email Thomas Dafnides   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3INj_7WVDQ8 ...in action.

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Michael O'Regan
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 - posted November 24, 2013 05:12 PM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ken,

Ye, this danger was mentioned in the article. It's worth a read.

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Steve Klare
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 - posted November 24, 2013 05:18 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've seen that. It's a very interesting technology because of what it can do.

-People without driver's liscenses will be able to go out and buy a car and use it.
-You can stagger out of the bar at 3AM, tell the thing to take you home and endanger nobody.
-You can pick up your cell phone, call for a taxi, sit down in a car with no steering wheel and no pedals and go where you want without finding out how bad some stranger's driving is.
-You can drive to the airport, take out your bags and just send the car home.

Dangerous to trust driving to technology? Absolutely!

-Maybe almost as dangerous as trusting it to people!

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Graham Ritchie
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Regarding the use of Segway...check this out I have a 35mm print of this...

http://youtu.be/FwWzouUrJh8

Graham. [Smile]

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David Ollerearnshaw
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Nice Graham

On the car that drives itself, I hope they don't use Windows O/S too many crashes [Big Grin]

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