Kamen Takes IT (Segway) To Detroit - GM Exec Impressed

"It's a pretty neat vehicle. I don't think we should judge it based just on that vehicle," said Larry Burns, GM VP of R&D.

Published: 18-Dec-2001

TROY, Mich., Dec 18 (Reuters) - The inventor of the Segway Human Transporter came to the cradle of the automotive industry on Tuesday to sell his idea of a new transportation device that can go where cars can't.

Dean Kamen, the man behind the Segway -- something like a battery-powered, two-wheeled stool with a handlebar -- expects his self-balancing, single-occupant vehicle to become the best thing between walking and driving a car.

He insisted that his transporter, which can travel about 12 to 17 miles per hour, about three or four times faster than a brisk walk, doesn't compete with the automobile industry, but complements it.

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