Segway’s latest auto-balance car doesn’t require you to stand up. The new egg-shaped two-wheeler from Segway-Ninebot, called the S-Pod, is designed to make it easy for people to sit down and cruise through campuses, theme parks, airports and even cities, all of which are different from the company’s iconic stand-up vehicles.
The S-Pod uses the same gyro self-balancing technology as traditional Segway. But unlike traditional Segway, which drives forward, backward, and side-tilting, the S-Pod controls the direction through a small joystick on the right side of the seat. Segway says its self-balancing technology will always keep the chair level, and the two-wheel setting will allow for a quick change of direction, even when stopped. You can also see three small wheels on the lower side of the chair, which may be used to move the S-Pod when the S-Pod motor is not turned on.
Segway says the S-Pod was inspired by the gyrocopter in the Jurassic movie, which reaches speeds of up to 24 miles per hour. The S-Pod will debut in the third quarter of 2020 and is scheduled to be available to the public after 2021. Segway did not disclose the price of the S-Pod.
The S-Pod is just one of many electric cars that Segway-Ninebot will launch at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. In December, the Chinese transport giant announced a range of electric scooters and mopeds that will make its debut at the auto show.