Honda’s aptly named UNI-CUB is a small personal mobility machine. This single occupant transport, which is driven by electricity, could reach a maximum speed of 3.7 mph. The UNI-CUB could be controlled by moving body weight and could turn in any direction, intended to closely replicate walking. The seat has a height of anywhere from 745 to 825 mm.
Its height could be made to be the same as the persons around him or her, making this ride similar to walking with people. Beginning in the summer of 2012, Honda will provide UNI-CUB tests at Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in order to test how feasible the device is in the real world.
The cars are becoming consistently more sophisticated so it’s not unimaginable that smaller vehicles could be used indoors and there may be a time in the distant future when people won’t have to walk anymore. "From June 2012 until March 2013, Honda will jointly conduct demonstration testing of UNI-CUB with Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Staff will perform demonstrations and use the device for making their rounds, while the museum’s annual pass holders will have the opportunity to test ride UNI-CUB. In addition to testing the feasibility of using UNI-CUB indoors, this project will explore the practical applications of the device in a wide range of environments within Japan and other countries." said the press release.