Honda has always led the drive for finding better transportation solutions for the future. Better, not just in terms of safety and comfort, but also in terms of fuel efficiency and reducing pollution. Every year Honda comes up with something really new and unique that has the potential to change the entire way we think of transportation. Whether in the field of robotics or transportation, Honda has taken the lead, and judging by recent events, it seems as though they intend to maintain their position at the head of the class.
On the 6th of April 2010, in New York, Honda introduced the United States to their latest personal mobility vehicle prototype. Dubbed the U3-X, the prototype vehicle was seen for the first time in Tokyo, at the Motor Show held in that city in the year 2009.
What is unique about Honda’s U3-X is that it takes the rider’s mobility to an entirely different level. The personal mobility vehicle excels when it comes to maneuverability. It is designed such that the rider can move in any direction – even sideways – by merely leaning towards that direction. Approximately 22 lbs in weight, the U3-X balances itself using a fine-tuned version of Honda’s unique balancing system that is a result of the company’s work with the bipedal robot in humanoid form, ‘ASIMO’. The U3-X is powered by a lithium ion battery which one can recharge through any power outlet that provides at least 120 volts of electricity.