Sick of having to walk from meeting to meeting, or lecture to lecture, or from the Green Room to the stage? To save your legs Honda has demonstrated the UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device. Unlike the Segway, the UNI-CUB is aimed more for indoors use. Using Honda’s patented Omni Traction Drive System, it has a maximum speed of 6kph ( 3.7 mph), and its lithium-ion battery pack will keep it running for around 6 kilometres. The UNI-CUB is steered by shifting your weight, and one of the “advantages” touted by Honda is that it is easy for the rider to maintain eye-level conttact 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.”
Of course what self respecting gadget doesn’t come with a smartphone app these days, so it will also come with touchpanel control via your smartphone or other device which means you can actually “call up” your UNI-CUB to you.
Will our legs become vestigial organs ?
Honda hasn’t released any production dates yet, however public test drives will start in Spring 2013.