Segway's S-Pod is a personal transporter fit for a king

Shawn Knight

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Segway is hoping its latest creation will have the same sort of impact that its debut device had nearly two decades ago.

Whereas most Segways are thought of as personal transportation devices, the Segway S-Pod is best described as a personal transporter. It operates on the same basic principle as other Segways – a two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter – but rather than riding the device like a hoverboard, you’re escorted in what resembles a futuristic chariot… or a hi-tech wheelchair.

Like powered versions of the latter, the S-Pod is controlled using a small joystick rather than by physically leaning forward or back. Presumably, this should make the learning curve far less steep compared to other Segways. The personal vehicle boasts a top speed of nearly 25 mph and has a tight turning radius due to its two-wheeled design. It weighs around 330 pounds and has a range of 43.5 miles on a single charge, a spokesperson said.

Speaking of design, the Ninebot subsidiary said the Gyrosphere from Jurassic World served as the inspiration for the S-Pod.

Segway’s latest creation will be on display at CES next week. The company tells The Verge that the S-Pod will launch sometime in the third quarter of 2020 albeit at an undisclosed price.

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MilwaukeeMike

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Presumably, this should make the learning curve far less steep compared to other Segways
Sorry to be that guy.... but can we please stop saying 'Steep learning curve' to describe something hard to learn? If you graph skill over time, a steep learning curve means your expertise increases in a short amount of time.

Anyway - I didn't know Segway was still around after their owner rode one off a cliff. Yes, for real.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/39377851/...-owner-rides-scooter-cliff-dies/#.Xg-L3UdKiUk
 

cliffordcooley

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So... it's an 11 year old Toyota iReal with "Segway" printed on it.
From what I can tell in a two minute search. The Toyota iReal doesn't balance on two wheels. If so, and the Toyota iReal was compared. We would have to include all electric wheelchairs. So how far back would that date go?
 
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MilwaukeeMike

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So by your logic, if Steve Jobs had died while using an iPhone then Apple shouldn't be around either?
If Apple's only product was an iPhone and it was considered too unsafe to be popular then yes, I'd be surprised if Apple were still around too.

I didn't say they 'shouldn't' still be around - I just said I didn't know they were. These things aren't practical. See how she's wearing a coat? These have to go slow or they will be unsafe and chilly, so they can't be used for long distances (like a commute). Even in warm cities it still rains.
And if you need to go 6-10 blocks in a downtown city you can rent a Lime or Bird scooter.

These are both impractical and already obsolete. So yeah, I'm surprised they're still around. The stand up ones are used only for city tours.