Honda is the pioneer of future mobility systems and they just unveiled a new solution they’ve come up with.

It’s called the UNI-CUB and on the face of it, it’s the perfect tool for lazy people! You just sit on it and move around by shifting your body weight on the saddle. So basically you will be driving with your arse…! It is a clever system though and uses Honda’s most advanced robotic technologies to control the movements and keep its balance. It just looks weird.

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. They’re really onto something here.


Honda press release:

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.

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.

UNI-CUB     UNI-CUB Riding scene (side)

Key specifications of UNI-CUB
Size (L x W x H)     520 x 345 x 745 mm
Seat height     745 – 825 mm
Battery type     Lithium-ion battery
Maximum speed     6 km/h
Range     6 km
Application environment     Barrier-free indoor environments

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