Named after the Greek mythology, Centaur, a half-man half-horse creature… this concept vehicle by Segway actual fits the name.
“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.”
Wow! You really need to watch the video… it sounds like an electric R/C car, looks like a slimmed down ATV, but performs like nothing else I’ve seen before!! That is probably due to its weight of only 150 pounds. The Centaur can move at just over 20 miles per hour an runs on batteries that use regenerative braking, which means the batteries are recharged during deceleration and hill descents.
Segway doesn’t have any plans to manufacture the Centaur… but if they did… I bet it would be serious hit. I can see ESPN XGAMES events create especially for the Centaur.
– Centaur Video (Windows Media)
– Centaur Website
– Popular Science Photos