Another Honda’s attempt to take hold on the market of personal vehicles hit the Internet. But time will show whether the Honda UNI-CUB, “wheels under the bottom” turns into another fashionable means of transportation like Segway or not. The concept of the new vehicle is the same as the previous attempt, Honda UX-3, has: it’s a compact folding stuff who is able to move in different directions.
The Honda UNI-CUB is created by the special technology of the omni-directional control system. These technologies allow you to control the speed, move in any direction, turn and stop. The UNI-CUB can easily maneuver between and around other people or objects. It must be said that a new vehicle was designed for obese people or people with disabilities, but the scientists are afraid that this machine can become popular among those who are just too lazy to walk.
The Honda UNI-CUB looks like a pouffe with a small saddle. Its dimensions are calculated so that a man can easily get in the saddle and leave it. At the same time the driver moves at eye level with the others, which is pretty comfortable.
From June 2012 to March 2013, Honda will test the UNI-CUB in the National Museum of Science and Innovation in Japan. The workers will use this device not only within the territory of the museum, but also outside it.
Let’s have a look at one more unusual vehicle, C-1 electric vehicle prototype with two wheels. This white machine looks like a car, but only from one side. No doubt it will attract much attention. This is a combination of a car and a motorcycle. This two-seater looks like a motorcycle with the roof Crossbow, but a full-fledged cab let us think it’s more about a car. So, it combines such qualities as compact size and speed of a motorcycle with the safety of a car. C-1 electric car is charged from an ordinary electrical outlet within four to six hours. A full charge lasts for 155-180 miles, moreover this vehicle has a top speed of 120 mL / hr. The car can accommodate two passengers, which are located one after the other, and has a small cargo space for bags.
The estimated cost of this vehicle for 2014 is $ 16,000, and the company- manufacturer Lit Motors assumes that the price could drop to $ 12,000.
This car is able to stay upright thanks to a set of gyroscopes. This system provides stability of the vehicle during its moving, stops and even collision, when another car crashes into it sideways.
The vehicle will have a broad integration with mobile devices. After connecting a mobile phone, a driver and a passenger can get access to information related to weather conditions, traffic density and driving directions.
Progress never stops. New cars, new vehicles, new technologies. Who knows, may be soon everything we saw in the famous movie ‘The Fifth Element’ will come true and we will manage to hail a taxi aloft. And that will be great!