The company behind the original Segway has unveiled its plans for a personal “transporting pod” that allows its user to travel around on what’s essentially a electric wheelchair
The S-Pod will be unveiled next week at CES 2020, the biggest consumer tech expo of the year. The S-Pod can hit speeds of up to 24 mph, motorized personal vehicle maker Segway-Ninebot announced Friday.
Like the original Segway, the S-Pod runs on only two wheels, but it’s “self-balancing.” Instead of navigating by leaning forwards and backwards, the S-Pod comes with a navigation pad to manually point the vehicle in the direction you want to go. Segway suggests that the S-Pod is perfect for “enclosed campuses such as airports, theme parks and malls.”
Segway-Ninebot says the vehicle draws inspiration from the gyrosphere vehicles in the 2015 movie “Jurassic World,” which transports visitors around the amusement park.
However, the S-Pod is already drawing comparisons to another movie vehicle: the hoverchairs in Disney’s Pixar animated movie “WALL-E” that passengers use to travel around and essentially inhabit.
People will be able to try out the S-Pod for the first time at CES 2020, which kicks off January 7 in Las Vegas.
However, the S-Pod is not on sale to the public. The Verge reports that the S-Pod will be available to purchase likely in 2021 or later.