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  • - Hey everybody, this is Sean from The Verge

  • and I'm about to ride Segway's newest

  • two wheeled vehicle the S-pod.

  • When it starts going.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So this is Segway's newest two wheeled

  • self balancing vehicle.

  • It's called the S-pod.

  • You can see I'm obviously in a seated position

  • so I don't have to stand up like people

  • normally do on a Segway.

  • And the idea here is that you can do

  • all the same things that you would normally do in a Segway.

  • Maybe tour a city, get around campus,

  • but you can do it from this nice relaxed position

  • where you're able to see all the lovely people

  • who are watching you look like a technological fool.

  • Now one of the wildest things about the Segway S-pod

  • is that it's controlled by this little joystick

  • on the side of the thing.

  • So I'm in full control of this movement here.

  • And it can get up to 24 miles an hour which is insane.

  • Right now it's capped at 7 1/2 miles an hour

  • which on this little track is definitely plenty.

  • We don't know when this thing will be on sale.

  • Segway says there thinking about selling it

  • to consumers but they want to start with sort of

  • fleets and campuses and things like that first.

  • Watch out Phil (laughs).

  • But you can expect that if and when

  • they do sell it to people it's gonna cost a pretty penny.

  • So you're more likely to see this show up

  • in maybe a city tour or maybe on a corporate campus

  • or something like that.

  • It's pretty rock solid.

  • Like I'm having a little bit of trouble

  • getting used to the joy stick speed

  • but otherwise this thing does not feel like

  • it's gonna tip over.

  • You know some people have looked at this thing

  • since got announced a couple weeks ago

  • and wondered why is it two wheels,

  • why isn't it three or four.

  • If you have three wheels on this short of a wheelbase

  • and you were trying to make turns like I'm making now,

  • you'd be on the floor already.

  • I will say it's kind of comfortable.

  • There's like a suede padding on the seat.

  • It's not very cushy but for an early prototype of this thing

  • it's pretty well put together.

  • There's a little light bar next to me

  • that tells me how much battery is left.

  • There are lights on the back of the thing

  • that will tell people which way I'm turning

  • which right now is just sort of right and right again.

  • There's a little button for horn

  • which doesn't seem to work right now.

  • And there's a tablet in the other side

  • that pops out which you can use to remotely control

  • the S-pod as well.

  • Now you might look at this and think that it's something

  • for people who have trouble moving around.

  • And it very well could serve that purpose.

  • It's stable enough that I feel like someone

  • who has mobility challenges might be able to use it.

  • But we know Segway and we know what Segways are used for.

  • They wind up being the thing you use

  • when you go to Washington DC and wanna tour the city

  • or move around a mall if you're mall cop.

  • And so I would expect that's where we're gonna

  • see these things first.

  • Segway says it's going to ultimately

  • try and sell the S-pod to consumers.

  • Who knows how much that'll cost.

  • But what I can tell you is this.

  • It may look a little weird but what Segway doesn't.

  • And it's definitely fun to drive.

  • (laughs)

  • Woo!

  • I'll get it right this time.

  • Whoa, all right (laughs).

  • So this, (laughs) whoa.

  • I'm coming for you (laughs).

  • - [Man] Love it!

  • - Stopping power leaves little to be desired.

- Hey everybody, this is Sean from The Verge

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Segway S-Pod looks weird, but it's really fun

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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