[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
Nicky Hayden in Critical Condition After Bicycle Accident
More.......................
New Honda ad campaign highlights Honda's racing heritage and new performance models
More.......................
2017 Honda Civic Si goes on-sale tomorrow, starts at $23,900
More.......................
American Honda Reports Sales Figures for April 2017
More.......................
2018 Honda Odyssey Color Chart
More.......................
2017 HONDA CIVIC TYPE R SETS NEW FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE LAP RECORD AT NÜRBURGRING
More.......................
2017 Honda Civic Si Color Chart (and some other info)
More.......................
Acura debuts a long wheelbase version of the TLX and a CR-V Hybrid at Shanghai Motor Show
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: My other car is a Zeppelin
Join Discussion......
Classifieds: Buy & Sell --> Re: 1995 Del Sol - 98 Spec Type R - S2000 Interior
Join Discussion......
NSX --> Re: NSX Spider!!!
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Some Civic Si pics and videos from today
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Apple CarPlay is not the savior you think it is
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the Internal Combustion Vehicle and Oil Industries
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Santa Claus has come to town!
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: AutoGuide: A4 vs TLX Poll
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: The Accord V6 Coupe
Join Discussion......
TLX --> Re: Making the switch...
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Lining up the hydrogen stations
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2017 Monaco Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Study: All fossil-fuel vehicles will vanish in 8 years
Join Discussion......
NSX --> Re: Chris Harris Vs Honda NSX - Top Gear: Series 23 - BBC
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: IndyCar unveils new car designs for 2018
Join Discussion......
Honda Develops New Personal Mobility Device
 Date: September 23, 2009 23:31
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: Honda Press Release
 Credibility Rating: Not Specified


09/23/2009 - TOKYO, Japan -

Pursuing the concept of "harmony with people" Honda has developed a new personal mobility technology and unveiled U3-X, a compact experimental device that fits comfortably between the rider's legs, to provide free movement in all directions just as in human walking - forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally. Honda will continue research and development of the device including experiments in a real-world environment to verify the practicality of the device.

This new personal mobility device makes it possible to adjust speed and move, turn and stop in all directions when the rider leans the upper body to shift body weight. This was achieved through application of advanced technologies including Honda's balance control technology, which was developed through the robotics research of ASIMO, Honda's bipedal humanoid robot, and the world's first* omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System, or HOT Drive System), which enables movement in all directions, including not only forward and backward, but also directly to the right and left and diagonally. In addition, this compact size and one-wheel-drive personal mobility device was designed to be friendly to the user and people around it by making it easier for the rider to reach the ground from the footrest and placing the rider on roughly the same eye level as other people or pedestrians.

Honda is planning to showcase the U3-X at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 (sponsored by JAMA) which will begin on October 24, 2009 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

Striving to propose the next-generation mobility which expands the joy and fun of mobility, Honda has been conducting robotics research since 1986, including ASIMO, walking assist devices and U3-X, at the Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Fundamental Technology Research Center in Wako, Saitama, Japan.

* Based on Honda's internal research

Key features of U3-X
{Free movement just as in human walking}
  1. Device control featuring application of balance control technology cultivated through ASIMO research:
    The incline sensor detects the incline of the device based on the weight shift of the rider and determines the rider's intention in terms of the direction and speed. Based on the data, precise control is applied to return the device to an upright position, which achieves smooth and agile movements and simple operation by weight shift only.

  2. HOT Drive System (Omni-directional driving wheel system):
    Honda developed the world's first wheel structure which enables movement in all directions including forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally. Multiple small-diameter motor-controlled wheels were connected in-line to form one large-diameter wheel. By moving the large-diameter wheel, the device moves forward and backward, and by moving small-diameter wheels, the device moves side-to-side. By combining these movements the device moves diagonally.

    {Compact size which fit between the user's legs}
  3. Compact and innovative package:
    The combination of the balance control technology and the HOT Drive System enabled the one-wheel style compact and innovative package of the device. In addition, the device adopts a light-weight monocoque body in which the foldable seat, footrests and body cover that also function as the frame are stored in the body of the device, achieving highly portable convenience.

Key specifications of the experimental model:












Last edited by JeffX on September 24, 2009 00:46

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Will there be a Type-R version?
Artemio 8
  Grill and layout
JS_vtec 2
  The "IT" from South Park
SkipX 1
  Missing the point...
Ganplosive 0
  Watch it in action
Atomic Frog 17
  You know you only opened the pictures to look at the JDM girls
SellnACURA 0
  Acura Power Plenum Deluxe Model
Mike Freitas 0
  Are the models included?
6SPDTL 0
  W.A.L.L.Y. humanoid mobile device
ebno 4
  Seems better than the segway!
ipribadi 1
  This and a HondaJet
mdx alfista 1
  Looks like doing circus
artho22011 0
2018 Honda Odyssey PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
TOV Video: 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Walk-around with Product Planner Jonathon Rivers at 2017 NYIAS
Read Article....................
TOV Video: 2017 Civic Si Sedan Walk-around with Product Planner Rob Keough at 2017 NYIAS
Read Article....................
TOV Video: 2017 Civic Type R Walk-around with Product Planner Rob Keough at 2017 NYIAS
Read Article....................
Acura MDX Sport Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2015 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy