Tokyo Motor Show 2013
14/11/2013 18:30 | By Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

Crazy Honda Uni-Cub ß to debut at Tokyo Motor Show 2013

Honda sees Uni-Cub Segway rival as future of personal mobility – not quick, but very cute

Honda Uni-Cub (© Honda)

If you're anything like us, it would have taken a while for you to realise that you're not looking at a pair of penguins in this picture. Instead, it's a new Uni-Cub ß ‘personal mobility device’ that's set to be unveiled by Honda at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

First introduced in 2012, the Uni-Cub ß features balance control technology and an omni-directional driving wheel system called Honda Omni Traction Drive System.

The development of the Uni-Cub ß has run parallel with that of Asimo (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), Honda's famous humanoid robot, which dates back to the year 2000.

The Uni-Cub ß enables its rider to move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, simply by shifting their body weight and leaning towards the intended direction. Honda plans to offer the Uni-Cub ß to businesses and organisations in Japan through a fee-based leasing scheme.

Sadly there are no plans to develop a Uni-Cub ß Type-R.

The Uni-Cub ß – which is 510mm long, 315mm wide and 620mm high – weighs 25kg and has a top speed of 3mph. A range of three miles is possible from its lithium-ion battery, assuming 1.5 hours usage at a steady 2mph.

It's designed for use indoors, so we can't expect a Uni-Cub ß one-make race series any time soon, either. Although some corridor-based grand prix action wouldn't be out of the question. Honda is no stranger to racing unconventional machinery, after all.

You can see the Uni-Cub ß at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, which takes place from the 22 November to the 1 December. MSN Cars will be there to bring you all the latest news.

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