Honda Motor Co. unveiled the new personal mobility device UNI-CUB, designed for harmony with people. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB allows the user to move in any direction, like a person enjoys while walking.
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UNI-CUB features Honda’s proprietary balance control technology and the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system. The rider is able to control the speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting their weight, and easily maneuver among other people.
The rider can travel freely and comfortably inside facilities and among moving people.
Demonstration and testing of UNI-CUB will start in June 2012.
UNI-CUB key specifications
- Size (L x W x H): 520 x 345 x 745 mm (20.5 x 13.6 x 29.3 inches)
- Seat height: 745 – 825 mm (29.3 – 32.5 inches)
- Battery type: Lithium-ion battery
- Maximum speed: 6 km/h (3.7 mph)
- Range: 6 km (3.7 miles)
Honda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for Harmony with People. Joint demonstration testing to begin in June
TOKYO, Japan, May 15, 2012 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the new UNI-CUB personal mobility device, designed for harmony with people. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking.
Representing the evolution of the U3-X personal mobility device that Honda announced in 2009, UNI-CUB features Honda’s proprietary balance control technology and the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System). These technologies allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily maneuver among other people.
Moreover, UNI-CUB’s compact saddle-style packaging makes it easy for the rider’s legs to reach the ground and maintains eye-level height with other pedestrians. This configuration promotes harmony between the rider and others, letting the rider travel freely and comfortably inside facilities and among moving people.
Starting in June 2012, Honda will jointly conduct demonstration testing of UNI-CUB with Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. In addition to testing the feasibility of using UNI-CUB indoors, this project will explore the practical applications of the device in a wide range of environments in Japan and other countries.
The balance control technology of UNI-CUB is part of the Honda Robotics family of technologies, which originates with Honda’s research into humanoid robots, including the world-famous ASIMO.
Going forward, Honda will continue its proactive research and development of next-generation mobility technologies, aiming always to offer more and more people the joy and fun that comes from freedom of movement.
Application environment Barrier-free indoor environments