The prototype wheelchair designed by Segway crashed while it was demonstrating its features at the CES tech show 2020. The CES tech exhibition is happening in Las Vegas, US this year.
The wheelchair named S-pod is a self-balancing electric wheelchair. A journalist was testing the vehicle but it accelerated suddenly and crashed into a wall.
The maximum speed of the S-pod is 24 mph or 38 km/hr. The company said in a statement that nobody including the journalist riding the vehicle was injured in the incident.
The S-pod was so seriously damaged that it is currently not fir for demos. Some analysts are saying that this should spoil the reputation of the company. In fact, it is a sign that the company is close to developing its final product.
The S-pod has been designed to drive in enclosures such as airports, theme parks and at work campuses.
Jeff Wu who is the director of marketing at Segway told that the prototype model did not have any seatbelt but the company is considering it to add to the final design that would add to the safety of the passenger on the wheelchair.
The Chinese firm, however, did not disclose the exact amount spent on building the prototype model. It is believed that the company would do some further upgradations to the wheelchair and put it up for sale early in 2021.
The prototype model has received plenty of interest from the media. Many say that it has been inspired by the geospheres in the film Jurassic World. Others have commented on social media that the model looks similar to the animated Pixar film Wall-E.
The Chinese tech giant company is highly known for its electric scooters that can be run on roads with the help of a joystick on the controller’s arms.