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Default Honda's UNI-CUB mobility device is the butt of ASIMO's jokes

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Honda Announces New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Designed for
Harmony with People

Joint demonstration testing to begin in June

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled the new
UNI-CUB personal mobility device, designed for harmony with people.
Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the
same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while

Representing the evolution of the U3-X personal mobility device that
Honda announced in 2009, UNI-CUB features Honda's proprietary balance
control technology and the world's first omni-directional driving
wheel system (Honda Omni Traction 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. Since the rider can
freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she
can quickly and easily maneuver among other people.

Moreover, 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.

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

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 will continue its proactive research and
development of next-generation mobility technologies, aiming always to
offer more and more people the joy and fun that comes from freedom of

Key specifications of UNI-CUB
Size (L x W x H) 520 x 345 x 745 mm
Seat height 745 825 mm
Battery type Lithium-ion battery
Maximum speed 6 km/h
Range 6 km
Application environment Barrier-free indoor environments

Key features of UNI-CUB:

Maneuverability promotes compatibility with people in many


Omni-directional freedom of movement similar to human walking 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.


Movement in harmony with other people Honda's proprietary balance
control technology makes it possible for the rider to freely control
the wheels of the UNI-CUB, much as human beings maintain their
balance. With a design that takes into consideration the rider's
environment, this system allows the rider to maneuver while moving
side by side with or holding hands with another person.


Compact size for moving and climbing gradients in barrier-free indoor
Thanks to UNI-CUB's compact saddle-style packaging, the rider and
vehicle together are about the same width as a person when walking.
Optimized wheel design and high-precision drive/balance control
enhance UNI-CUB's ability to climb gradients in barrier-free indoor

Ease of control promotes freedom of movement:


Weight shift control combined with touch panel control 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.

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