Segway’s prototype wheelchair crashes at CES


While demonstrating its new prototype wheelchair, Segway’s new product was involved in a crash at CES, the international tech show in Las Vegas.

The S-Pod, a self-balancing electric wheelchair, was being tested by a journalist when the rider accelerated and crashed into the wall.

No one was injured in the crash, but according to a report from the BBC, the incident made the S-Pod wheelchair unavailable for further demo.

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However, analysts said the company should not face lasting damage.

The wheelchair’s maximum speed is 24mph and is designed to be driven in enclosed spaces such as airports, theme parks and work campuses.

Segway’s director of marketing Jeff Wu told the BBC the concept model did not have a safety belt, but that his company intended to add one.

The BBC report detailed how the Chinese firm did not say how much it had spent on the prototype, but outlined how it expected it to go on sale in early 2021.

The demo model had received significant media attention for its design, inspired by the geospheres in the film Jurassic World.

In November, AMP reported on mobility scooter accidents been on the rise in Birmingham.

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