Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the UNI-CUB β, the new personal mobility device which was made usable for a wider range of people by enhancing the device’s compatibility.
The UNI-CUB was first introduced in May 2012 as a new personal mobility device featuring balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) which originates from Honda’s research into humanoid robots, represented by the research and development of ASIMO. These technologies allow a UNI-CUB rider to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally simply by shifting body weight and leaning toward the intended direction. Featuring a compact-sized body that is appropriate for maneuvering among other people, the UNI-CUB offers personal mobility in indoor spaces such as offices and commercial facilities.
The UNI-CUB β was developed by analyzing and incorporating the data and the user feedback through this testing program. With this model, Honda will make another step forward and verify the business feasibility by offering the UNI-CUB β for a variety of uses by other businesses and organizations through a fee-based leasing program.
Key features of UNI-CUB β
- Made smaller and lighter
Compared to the previous model, the seating position was lowered and the weight was reduced, making the UNI-CUB β usable for a wider range of people.
- Advancement of design and materials
Under the concept of “Harmony with People” and “Harmony with Space,” Honda proposed a new design that enhances the sense of unity of the user and the device. In addition, softer materials were adopted in order to make the seat more comfortable and to lessen the impact when the device hits other people or objects.
- Improvement of usability
The ease of getting on and off the device was improved through the addition of a stand function.
In addition, the stand enables the device to be used as a stool when it is not in motion.