Segway-Ninebot is preparing to present its latest bets on mobility in and out of town at CES 2020. In addition to bringing with it a number of new electric scooters and bicycles, the company will take advantage of the international consumer electronics fair to introduce a new transportation concept. Any resemblance to the "floating chairs" of the WALL-E universe is a mere coincidence.
The S-Pod is a kind of self-balancing electric mobile capsule intended for use in spaces such as airports, theme parks or shopping centers. Unlike, for example, the original Segway scooter model, the user does not need to lean forward to make the vehicle move faster. The driver simply needs to control an integrated joystick to adjust the speed and direction of the S-Pod.
Inspired by the "Gyrospheres" of the latest Jurassic Park films, the S-Pod rotates around its center. Its top speed of 38 kilometers per hour would certainly not be ideal for escaping dinosaur clutches, but it is still twice what scooters can. Unlike movie-saga vehicles, the S-Pod has no cover, allowing the driver to “enjoy” the fresh air. As for the risk of the vehicle falling over when braking hard, Segway-Ninebot promises that it is almost impossible.
The company indicates in a press release that a consumer S-Pod version could arrive in 2021, although it does not disclose details about its possible price, something that could be "under the table" at CES 2020.