Honda Unveils UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device
Honda first introduced the UNI-CUB, a new personal mobility device featuring balance control technology and an omnidirectional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) in May 2012. This originated from Honda’s research into humanoid robots, represented by the research and development of ASIMO. These technologies allow the rider to move UNI-CUB forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally simply by shifting body weight and leaning towards the intended direction.
Since June 2012, Honda has been testing and verifying the potential utility of the UNI-CUB through a testing program in Japan conducted jointly with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan).
The new UNI-CUB β is an evolution of the UNI-CUB, developed after analysis of the data and user feedback from the testing program. With this model, Honda will make another step forward and verify the business feasibility of the device by offering the UNI-CUB β to other businesses and organizations in Japan through a fee-based leasing program.
Key features of UNI-CUB β:
- Smaller and lighter
- Lower seating position
- Enhanced design and materials
- Improved usability
Key specifications of UNI-CUB β:
- Size (L x W x H): 510 x 315 x 620mm
- Seat height: 620mm
- Weight: 25kg
- Battery type: Lithium-ion battery
- Maximum speed: 3mph
- Traveling range: 3 miles (approximately 1.5 hours at the speed of 2 mph)
- Application environment: Barrier-free indoor environments