Honda Uni-Cub: electric mobility gets personal

Honda has unveiled its new Uni-Cub personal mobility device, an evolution of its 2009 U3-X device.
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The Honda Uni-Cub is a compact individual transport device that offers users the same freedom of movement a person enjoys while walking but all from a comfortable saddle-style seat, thanks to Honda’s use of proprietary balance control technology and the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System).

Honda says, “These technologies allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily manoeuvre among other people.”

The Uni-Cub is propelled by a Lithium-ion battery providing a maximum speed of 6km/h and a range of 6km. Anyone can ride the Uni-Cub provided they weigh between 40-100kg and are between 150-190cm tall.

Honda will conduct demonstration testing of the Uni-Cub with staff from Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation from June 2012 until March 2013 with staff using the device for making their rounds and assisting the museum’s annual pass holders with test rides.


Electric individual mobility devices are now being seen in all shapes and sizes with the Smart eScooter and eBike and Audi’s e-bike concept all recently being exhibited.