The mini-sub rescue pod built for the Thai cave rescue could be modified as escape pods for space. Elon Musk tweeted out how the escape pods built for the Thai cave rescue could be made to work in space.
There could be situations in space with injured astronauts or when there are tourists in space where space suits would not work. Escape pods will be needed in space.
There have and will be situations on earth with overturned cruise ships where escape pods would be needed.
With some mods, this could also work as an escape pod in space
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 8, 2018
Italian Cruise ship or Korean Ferry disaster were situations where escape pods would help save lives