The newest battery-powered vehicle from Honda Motor Co. is reportedly being targeted for the elderly, however don’t be surprised if you eventually see riders of all ages on the new U3-X.
Honda President Takanobu Ito put the U3-X on demonstration in front of reporters in Tokyo this past Tuesday. The U3-X, a unicycle powered by a lithium-ion battery, can move sideways as well as forward and back and was designed to be small, safe and unobtrusive enough to mingle with pedestrians, according to Honda Motor Co. With a top speed of 3.7 mph, the U3-X would be ideal for for seniors, or anyone else for that matter, looking for a quick and easy way to get from point a to point b with little effort. The company declined to give details of the U3-X’s technology, but said it weighs less than 22 pounds and runs on a full charge for an hour.
Honda President Takanobu Ito said the machine was still “a proposal,” and the company has no sales plans, pricing or firm ideas on where or how it will be used. “I may want to use it in my home,” Mr. Ito mused. “It’d be easier to get around so I might really use it if my legs grow weaker.” “Honda engineers are always thinking about people’s dreams and wishes about mobility. We will continue to work hard to be a leader in that area,” Mr. Ito said.
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