Thursday, 19 April 2012 8:35 AM
It is just a seat. There's no car around it. It is simply a seat. But it is a seat that moves around on one wheel, or as Honda likes to call it, the U3-X, a "unique personal mobility concept device". It was first revealed at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and now it will be making its European debut between this month and August at the Museum of Architecture and Heritage in Paris.
It's all-electric and self-balancing. The chances of you falling off are limited because it can stand upright and control its centre of gravity. The direction of travel is controlled by the rider (Rider? Sitter? Driver? Who knows?) leaning different ways. Excellently, it was inspired by robotic technologies developed for ASIMO - Honda’s humanoid robot.
Weighing in at just 22lbs, it's light and the seat and footrests fold up so it's portable. So what's the point of it all then? Honda says it's to "aid mobility" and could be used by people in settings such as museums, airports or shopping centres.
There's still no word on whether this will ever go into production but if it does, we'll certainly take one for a spin around the TotallyMotor offices.
By Georgia Lewis
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