Honda Unveils Battery-Powered Unicycle for Elderly

September 24, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Japanese carmaker Honda is venturing into the Segway market, with its introduction of a battery-powered unicycle prototype, which can travel at speeds of up to 3.7 miles per hour.

The unicycle is designed as a mobility device for the growing elderly population and comes equipped with Honda’s humanoid robot technology.

The one-wheeled U3-X “personal mobility vehicle” was shown in Tokyo, Japan this week, before its star appearance at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show on October 24. The 10kg vehicle can move in all directions using what Honda calls, the “world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system.”

Honda’s “Hot-Drive” system connects a series of small motor-controlled wheels to form one large wheel.

The U3-X is a proposal, with no immediate production plans.

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One Response to “Honda Unveils Battery-Powered Unicycle for Elderly”

  1. ketanco on September 25th, 2009 7:06 am

    I wonder if it uses gyrosensors for balancing as well…

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