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Honda unveils Segway-fighter

2012-05-16 11:43

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.

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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



Comments
  • tseliso.molukanele - 2012-05-16 13:03

    Isn't this meant for security guards at malls and other places that require constant walking. Its the only place where I've seen such 'vehicles'

      Tandas - 2012-05-17 10:05

      This is still a concept... so no, you have'nt seen them at malls...

  • Ford.Kop1 - 2012-05-16 15:21

    Isnt this what we call a wheelchair

      Tandas - 2012-05-17 10:04

      No... It is what we call a portable toilet. Every household should have one. You can then have a dump without having to leave the room. Awesome for packed sports weekends or hours in from of the PS3... Can't wait to get mine! Simply brilliant!!!

  • thabzmadi - 2012-05-16 16:01

    lol@Honda...Automate everything in this energy thirsty world. Why not in the spirit of "my earthdreams" campaign for streets safer for pedestrians? = Less pollution, increasing health, less costly...I could go on an on!!!

      Tandas - 2012-05-17 10:04

      I'm sure you could go on boring us... but don't....

  • lourensenchrisna.kruger - 2012-05-17 13:46

    Looks like a mobile toilet - lol

  • raath - 2012-05-17 14:43

    I think the Segway's design is better, because it is more intuitive to steer something standing up, and easier to shift your weight through your legs than your bum. This Honda thing is going to cause a lot of sore lower backs. The Segway also does it with only 2 wheels, which will give it a higher top speed and make it more capable over challenging terrain.

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