You Can Use Honda's Segway-Like Vehicle While Sitting: There Goes the Human Race
Remember the day the Segway came out and you thought that you’d never have to walk again? Honda has announced an even better machine, the Uni-Cub. It's a Segway-like way of getting around that you can use sitting down.
Unlike a Segway that’s used by mall cops and Steve Wozniak, Honda's creation is really small. In fact, the Uni-Cub is so compact that it can easily glide around in small offices and into an elevator.
According to Honda, Uni-Cub is extremely nimble, thanks to its the Omni Traction Drive System. By shifting your weight around you can drive it forward, backward, side-to-side, turn in place, and diagonally for any hard office cornering. For less able-bodied users, this could be a huge bump in mobility from a wheelchair or electric scooter.
If the Uni-Cub looks familiar, that’s because it’s an evolution of Honda’s previous motorized unicycle, the U3-X. The Uni-Cub, however, is technically not a unicycle because it actually uses two wheels. The larger front wheel controls forward and horizontal movement, while the smaller rear wheel is used for turns.
The Uni-Cub has a maximum range of 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) and can achieve a max speed of 3.7 miles per hour (6km/h), so in some ways it is actually even better than walking. Just don’t get too comfortable…
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