Segway releases S-Pod personal hoverchair that reaches 24 mph


  • Segway-Ninebot, the company behind a slew of motorized personal vehicles, on Friday unveiled its newest product, a personal “transporting pod” called the S-Pod.
  • The company says the S-Pod can go up to 24 mph and works like a motorized wheelchair, allowing its user to sit while they travel around. It’s already drawing comparisons to the hoverchairs in the Disney movie “Wall-E” and the gyrospheres in “Jurassic World.”
  • The S-Pod 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 company behind the original Segway on Friday unveiled its plans for a personal “transporting pod” that allows its user to travel around on what’s essentially an electric wheelchair.

The Segway-Ninebot S-Pod is set to be unveiled next week at CES 2020, the biggest consumer-tech expo of the year. The company said the S-Pod can hit speeds of up to 24 mph.

Like the original Segway, the S-Pod runs on only two wheels but is “self-balancing,” the company said. Instead of requiring the user to navigate by leaning forward and backward, the S-Pod comes with a navigation pad to manually point the vehicle in the direction you want to go.

The company suggested that the S-Pod is perfect for “enclosed campuses such as airports, theme parks and malls.”

Segway-Ninebot said the vehicle drew inspiration from the gyrosphere vehicles in the 2015 movie “Jurassic World” that transport visitors around the amusement park.

jurassic world Gyrosphere

A gyrosphere in “Jurassic World.”

Jurassic World/YouTube

However, the S-Pod is already drawing comparisons to another movie vehicle: the hoverchairs in the Disney-Pixar animated movie “Wall-E” that passengers use to travel around and essentially inhabit.

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The S-Pod, left, and a still of a hoverchair in “Wall-E.”
Segway; Wall-E/Disney

People will be able to try the S-Pod for the first time at CES 2020, which kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas.

However, the S-Pod is not on sale for the public. The Verge reported that it would likely be available to purchase in 2021 or later.

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