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2012-05-16 11:43

TAKING ON THE SEGWAY?: Honda's new mobility device will allow you to glide around the office or around your house on what essentially looks like a converted bar stool.

The personal mobility market, dominated by Segway’s two-wheeled wonder and mobility scooters, has received a new contender as Honda unveils its new Uni-Cub.

The new model is an evolution of the U3-X personal mobility concept device revealed in 2009. The Uni-cub features a compact design with riders seated on a saddle and controlling movement by shifting their weight.


The Uni-cub is powered by a Lithium-ion battery capable of a maximum speed of 6km/h and a 6-km range. The battery requires approximately two hours to recharge.

The model features Honda’s Omni Traction Drive System and the technology behind the Uni-cab was inspired by robotic technologies developed for Asimo, Honda’s world-famous humanoid robot.

Riders control speed, directions and brakes by shifting their weight. The model also has a touch panel control via smartphone and allows for other devices to be connected. If you've been skipping gym, the Uni-cab won't be for you as it has a weight restriction of between 40-100kg and requires riders of 150-190cm in height.

The Uni-Cub's compact saddle-style design allows the rider’s legs to reach the ground while maintaining eye-level height with other pedestrians.

Honda will be testing its new model from June 2012 to March 2013.

The question is: would you want one?

Honda Uni-Cab specifications:
Size (L x W x H)  - 520mm x 345mm x 745mm
Seat height - 745mm – 825 mm
Battery type - Lithium-ion battery
Maximum speed - 6 km/h
Range - 6 km
Application environment- Barrier-free indoor environments (with gradients of five degrees or lower)
Rider weight - Between 40-100kg and 150-190cm in height

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