Honda’s Personal Pods Shuttle Riders Around
The Uni-Cub β balances itself and changes directions based on the rider’s body movements like a sitting segway.
Japanese automobile maker Honda has come out with a newer and smaller personal mobility vehicle that rights itself and changes direction based on the body movements of the rider or as controlled via the accompanying app.
Uni-Cub β is a compact-sized personal mobility device that features a comfortable saddle-style seating, the maker’s proprietary balance control technology, and the Honda Omni Traction Drive System, which is the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system. The system makes it possible to move forward, backward, laterally and diagonally — movements that people can do while walking.
The Uni-Cub β runs on a Lithium-ion battery that allows it run for up to 6 km per hour for 6 kilometers. Riders can control the vehicle by leaning in the direction they want to go. They can also control the vehicle using an accompanying app. The Uni-Cub could potentially be helpful for those who are disabled and want more freedom as compared to using a wheelchair.
The vehicle is scheduled to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.