Segway’s new self-balancing vehicle called S-Pod will no longer require you to stand up in order to move around, just like in the animated film Wall-E. The egg-shaped two-wheeler from Segway-Ninebot is meant to let people sit while they effortlessly cruise around campuses, theme parks, airports, and maybe even cities.
The S-Pod is powered by the same gyroscopic self-balancing technology that is used in a traditional Segway. But unlike a traditional Segway, which is driven by leaning forward, backward, and to the sides, the S-Pod is controlled using a little joystick on the right side of the seat.
Segway says its self-balancing technology will always keep the chair level and that the two-wheel setup will allow for quick changes in direction even while stopped.
The S-Pod is inspired by the gyrosphere that can be seen in the movie Jurassic World, according to Segway.
Segway said that the S-Pod will debut in the third quarter of 2020 and that it plans to sell them to the public after that, possibly in 2021. Segway did not say how much the S-Pod will cost, though.
The S-Pod is one of the electric vehicles Segway-Ninebot is unveiling at next week’s annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The company also teased two new e-scooters, one of which uses a sort of kick-powered cruise control technology.
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