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Honda shows off innovative transportation device

Honda recently showed off a new personal mobility technology that closely mimics a robotic unicycle designed to help disabled people move around.

The new device, the U3-X, has a seat height a bit higher than an average person's waistline, and riders must jump up a bit before they can put their feet on a foot rest.  Honda designed the U3-X so it can move forward and backwards, sideways and diagonally.

Riders simply need to lean the direction they wish to go in, and it has a top speed of 3.7 MPH.  

"We believe this is the first step in realizing the fun of human transportation and expanding that joy indefinitely," Honda President Takanobu Ito said during the event.  "And if my legs get a little weak, I would like to have one of these around the house. It makes it easy to move about."

Honda is known for its robotics development and similar technological advancements, though very few of its new technologies have been made available to the public.  Similar to other breakthroughs, it looks like Honda is more interested in showing off future technologies, not necessarily launching products in the next few years.

In fact, the U3-X development was made possible in part because of Honda's bipedal humanoid research robot known as ASIMO.  

Honda will show off the U3-X during the Tokyo Motor Show in late October, Honda officials said in a statement.



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For older people with weak legs?
By theplaidfad on 9/25/2009 3:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure jumping up to ride on the damn thing is going to be quite the anti-selling point for that usage.

Smooth thinking, Honda!




By Jackattak on 9/25/2009 4:21:49 PM , Rating: 2
Ya I don't get it. Based on the article it's "geared towards disabled persons" but then they go on to say that in order to get on it you have make a small jump?

WTF? Mobilized assistance FAIL.


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