Personal mobility vehicles will probably never be the vehicle of choice for automobile enthusiasts but they do offer a form of transport that’s simple, non-polluting and could help reverse congestion. Japanese automaker Honda has introduced UNI-CUB, a personal mobility vehicle that’s smaller than Toyota’s own production launched three years ago. The vehicle will undergo demonstration tests in June this year with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Honda has been experimenting and working on a personal mobility vehicle since 2009. According to the company, UNI-CUB will allow for a higher level of balance as well as all-directional capabilities. It stands 29 inches tall and has a top speed of three and a half mph. With a driving range of three and a half miles, the UNI-CUB may not be the fastest or the longest ranging but it does provide for a simple mode of transportation.
UNI-CUB is an evolved version of the U3-X, another personal mobility device also designed by Honda back in 2009. It’s been built using the company’s own proprietary balance control technology with what is deemed to be the planet’s first omni-directional driving system. The two technologies put together enable a user to change direction and speed by simply shifting his weight. The innovative device lets riders navigate around objects and people with ease. The device makes use of a range of sensors to detect a rider’s shift in weight. It also incorporates a touch panel accessed via a smartphone to offer better control for users.
UNI-CUB’s seating height keeps riders at eye-level with pedestrians to promote harmony between users and others. The device can be used inside buildings and outside. With the upcoming demonstration tests, Honda will see just how practical UNI-CUB really is in various environments, not just in Japan but in other countries as well.