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Honda unveils UNI-CUB electric personal mobility device; evolution of the UX-3

15 May 2012

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the new UNI-CUB. Click to enlarge.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled the new battery-electric UNI-CUB personal mobility device. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB is designed to offer 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 (earlier post), UNI-CUB features Honda‘s proprietary balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system: Honda Omni Traction (HOT) 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; the system is designed to provide an omni-directional freedom of movement similar to human walking.. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily maneuver among other people.

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Image of HOT Drive System. Click to enlarge.

UNI-CUB has a two-wheel configuration with a minimal wheelbase. The front wheel features the Honda Omni Traction Drive System that Honda first announced in 2009. The rear wheel moves laterally to facilitate turning. By leveraging the different rotational speeds of the front and rear wheel treads during lateral movements, UNI-CUB can move forwards and backwards, side-to-side and diagonally and also turn in place, making possible quick, nimble movement.

When the rider is using weight shift control, UNI-CUB’s incline sensor detects the direction in which the rider is leaning, allowing UNI-CUB to calculate the direction and speed intended by the rider. And touch panel control via smartphone and other devices is another convenient control option.

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, according to Honda.

UNI-CUB features a swappable lithium-ion battery, and has a range of 6 km (3.7 miles) with a top speed of 6 km/h.

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UNI-CUB and rider. Click to enlarge.   UX-3 and rider. Click to enlarge.

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 says it will continue its proactive research and development of next-generation mobility technologies.

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I'd like to see some kind of shopping basket on this to make it actually useful for the people with limited mobility who might need this.
Otherwise with a top speed of walking pace I can't see why the able bodied would want one anyway.

You know what else offers you the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking? Walking. It costs you nothing to walk and you don't have to worry about somebody stealing your feet because you left them somewhere. I would never use this and even the people I know with limited mobility could not use this because their conditions have associated problems, like poor balance or muscle control.

If I was to ride anything with less than three wheels, it would be this;
http://ca.autoblog.com/2012/05/14/mission-motors-mission-r-electric-motorcycle-checks-in-to-jay-le/#continued

Its just 'testing the waters'. Many seniors are less agile after the 100 steps.

This is even dumber than the Segway. Folks, walking is good for you! And if you are not able to walk for physical reasons, you would not want one of these. However, I will admit that it is a technological wonder. Too bad they did not spend the effort on making something useful.

Congratulations to Honda.

They DID manage to make it similar to yet dumber than the Segway.

Has any one commenting ridden the UNI-CUB? How many Segways? Perhaps the Yike Bike, whose sales continue to increase.

Critical reviewers knowing the items, esp. new balancing technology, they have never touched or used pretty well grades the comment.

Someday, Honda may find success.

If this ever became a success we'd end up with even more people with limited mobility because they'd be too fat from giving up what little exercise they get now.

The UNI-CUB in the first picture looks like a kettle but in the second picture it then looks like a vacuum cleaner with a seat!

It looks like an iloo...

Come on folks, give it a break. Can you, or do you want to, walk more than 4 miles round trip? Don't you know some folks who would want to? This is even an opportunity to leave the car at home from time to time for short trips in the right environment. Think of this as a personal range extender like an electric bike but more compact. It beats roller skates too.
Jeeze, stop dumping on stuff. It doesn't add anything useful to this blog! Does it really make you feel any better?

Human assistance in every aspect of the Japanese have mastered the field of robotics. There's entertainment, home appliances, and previously looked humanoid, ASIMO the devices. A more recent event, the Honda Motor Company UNI's cub, a personal mobility device Comics has unveiled a reality.

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I think it looks a little like a penguin.
I actually drove a Segway around a mall in Salt Lake City. It was a lot of fun.

Ok so here's the ultimate question....

Would you be seen using one in public?

"Would you be seen using one in public?"

I remember a guy asking that question about the 1st US Honda Civic. Honda has the answer.

please contact me Iam very interested Andrea Arlotta @sbcglobalnet.

People with knee and hip problems would greatly appreciate this Honda Uni-Cub that would allow them extended mobility while keeping their hips and knees well-rested for proper healing while not missing work.

video.. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/05/honda-uni-cub/

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