segway has unveiled a self-balancing ‘transporting pod’ called the S-pod that can go up to 24 mph. the electric vehicle works like a motorized wheelchair, allowing its user to sit while they travel around. it is set to be introduced at the consumer tech show CES 2020 next week and is not yet on sale for the public.

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the S-pod uses an adaptive center-of-gravity automatic control system to enable the passenger to easily adjust the speed by handling the knob to change the center of gravity in the pod. the company suggested that the S-pod is perfect for ‘enclosed campuses such as airports, theme parks and malls.’

it’s no surprise then that segway-ninebot said the vehicle drew inspiration from the gyrosphere vehicles in the 2015 movie ‘jurassic world’ that transport visitors around the amusement park. the pod has been designed to offer wide-angle views that provide an expansive viewing field of passengers. the verge reported that it would likely be available to purchase in 2021 or later.


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‘segway-ninebot has established itself as a category leader in short distance transportation solutions, from innovative delivery robots to kickscooters now used in cities across the world,’ says luke gao, CEO of segway-ninebot said. ‘we are changing the way people move from place to place. with an eye towards the future of how cities will evolve, as well as the mobility needs in the off-road space, we are notching up our offerings heading into 2020 so that they will fulfill the mobility needs and expectations of the world of tomorrow.’

segway-ninebot also unveiled a kick scooter that weighs 22 pounds and has a maximum speed of 12.4 mph. according to reports, the air T15 is powered by a 300-watt hub and has an anticipated range of almost 44 miles. the scooter has a confirmed $699 price tag whilst the transportable pod has no confirmed price details as of yet.

project info

company: segway-ninebot
models: transportable pod / air T15
price: unknown / $699
event: CES 2020

kieron marchese I designboom

jan 04, 2020

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