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Honda U3-X Threatens Segway’s Client Base, All 6 Of Them

Posted in Auto Show, Concept Cars, Electric Vehicles, Honda, Newsworthy, Pictures by Suzanne Denbow | September 25th, 2009 | 1 Response |


At this point, we feel like mocking the Japanese for being weird is like calling out Steven Seagal on overacting, it’s just par for the course. So, it is with uncharacteristic solemnity that we introduce the Honda U3-X, a 22-pound personal mobility device. Engineered using technology developed for ASIMO, Honda’s extremely advanced yet slightly unsettling human robot, the U3-X employs the HOT Drive System (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) to achieve its status as the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system. Navigation is accomplished via simple body movements and thanks to the HOT Drive System, U3-X users (drivers?) are able to mimic the range of motion of their walking peers by traveling either side-to-side, front to back, or diagonally.

Power is provided by a simple lithium ion battery pack that is only capable of sustaining up to one hour of continuous use, which makes it less powerful then the popular Segway (and by “popular” we mean “popular with 2 mall cops in Ohio and a few handsomely compensated B-list celebrities”). Look for more details regarding production intent and pricing to drop at the U3-X’s official unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Source: Honda

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  1. Mark says:

    This seems very similar to something called the enicycle, only this is slower (I read somewhere it’ll go 6 KPH whereas the enicycle does ~10 MPH) and I think the battery charge in this doesn’t last as long. Although the Honda is probably much lighter I assume it’ll be much more expensive as it has special materials and drive systems while the enicycle is made of simple materials and was developed by a single guy. Bearing in mind neither of them are in production yet.