It was Segway that brought us those interesting, two-wheeled moving platforms that were dubbed the future, but never really caught on, except in sci-fi films. Those two-wheeled contraptions that were impossible to fall off, unless of course your name is George W. Bush (but then he did nearly choke on a pretzle so what do you expect!). Anyway, back to the Centaur. A cross between a bicycle and a 4×4 vehicle, the Segway Centaur Concept can carry one or two people at speeds of up to a megre 20mph. Like its predecessor, the i2 Personal Transporter, riding it is supposed to be just as simple. Lean forward and you move forward, lean back and you slow down. Only now there are four wheels so you can’t really fall off (queue George W.).
Unfortunately it is still just a concept, but here is an image to wet your appetite:
According to Segway…
“The Concept Centaur combines proprietary dynamic stabilization technology with advanced propulsion and suspension systems, and an intuitive user interface to create a unique four-wheel device that is easily controllable on two or four wheels. Its full suspension and aggressive rider positioning provide an exhilarating ride for one or two people while maintaining control over a variety of terrain. Its rugged performance, zero emissions, and quiet operation make it a good low-impact way to explore the world. Its power and versatility make it suitable for a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational and commercial applications.”
You can find more of the corporate speak on the Segway website: http://www.segway.com/products/centaur/