Honda U3-X – The Portable Segway
Honda has developed a personal mobility technology, the U3-X, that kinda looks like a futuristic unicycle.
The experimental device fits between the rider’s legs – how many times has that line been used? 😉
It provides free movement in all directions. The usual forwards and backwards but also slings in side-to-side and even diagonal into the mix!
Hondaâ€™s prototype has an internal self-balancing systemâ€“the single large wheel is actually made up of a number of smaller motor-control wheels that allow the U3-X to move in all directions without leaving the rider in a crumpled heap.
The top speed of under 4 MPH means that the U3-X wont be suitable for many citybound transportation-seekers – but perhaps a beer scooter after a few pints?
Honda actually developed the U3-X with old folk in mind.
Takanobu Ito, the president of Honda, told the press, â€œI may want to use it in my home. Itâ€™d be easier to get around so I might really use it if my legs grow weaker.â€
Watch the vid below to see a girl go zipping off on it – sometimes sideways it seems!!
Here’s the demo vid for a more sensible idea of what this thing is about: