For a variety of reasons, Segway's original personal transporter never really took off, but the fact that you had to stand on it wasn't one of them. Nevertheless, Segway's newest S-Pod solves that vexing problem, by letting you sit in a cocoon-like shell that balances itself on two wheels as you scoot around at speeds up to 24 miles per hour.
Unlike the original Segway, though, S-Pod riders don't have to lean forward or back to control the S-Pod's movements. Rather, a joystick and navigation display provide control of the unit. A small wheel in the front of the S-Pod makes it easier for riders to exit and leave the vehicle, though Segway's S-Pod announcement didn't specifically mention that the rideable is meant for those with disabilities.
Also not mentioned: what the S-Pod will cost and when it will be available.
More Segway vehicles at CES 2020
- Ninebot eScooter: Available in five models, the top-end version of this electric scooter will have a top speed of 62.1 mph and a range of up to 124 miles. It can accelerate from 0-24 mph in four seconds, and has front and rear ABS brakes.
- Ninebot KickScooter Air T15: This foldable electric scooter will sell for $800, but is a light 22 pounds. Unlike most electric scooters, which have a throttle, the T15 will automatically adjust its speed based on road conditions. If you want to go a little faster, you merely have to use your foot to kick it. It has a 300-watt motor but a somewhat small range of about 9 miles, though regenerative braking will add a little juice back.
- Ninebot KickScooter T60: This scooter, made for the ride-sharing industry, has a reverse-tricycle chassis. According to Segway's press release, this "roboscooter... allows the operator to move several scooters at once through a cloud system to supply the constant shifts in demands at any given time and place."
Segway also plans to show off a concept electric motorcycle, the Ninebot Apex, which the company says has a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).
Practicality of the S-Pod aside, Segway's expansion of its product lines is further indication that electric scooters and mopeds seem to be gaining more traction.
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