Malaysians now have the opportunity to ride on Honda’s personal mobility device, UNI-CUB β, for the first time at ISETAN The Japan Store in Lot 10 Shopping Centre for a limited time.
The UNI-CUB β is making its debut in Malaysia in a collaboration between Honda Malaysia and ISETAN The Japan Store, where members of the public can experienced the technology first-hand through a ten-minute ride on the UNI-CUB β.
The demonstration and ride-on sessions start from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm from tomorrow to November 24 at the Technology & Promotion section of ISETAN The Japan Store located at Ground Floor in Lot 10 Shopping Centre.
Honda explained the name UNI-CUB is derived from the “UNI” in “unique,” “universal” and “unicycle” while the “CUB” comes from Honda’s well-known Cub series of motorcycles, signifying that UNI-CUB is a convenient device that anyone can use.
“A personal mobility device designed for harmony with people featuring the World’s First Omni-Directional Driving Wheel System (Honda Omni Traction Drive System), the UNI-CUB β provides freedom of movement going forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally by shifting body weight.
“The combination of this unique wheel system with a compact size, comfortable saddle and Honda’s proprietary balance control technology gives the rider the same freedom of movement that people enjoy when walking,” said Honda in a statement.
The balance control technology of UNI-CUB β is part of the Honda Robotics family of technologies, which originates from Honda’s research into humanoid robots, including ASIMO.
The UNI-CUB evolved from the U3-X which was demonstrated in Honda’s showcase during Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) in 2010.
Introduced in May 2012, the UNI-CUB aimed to offer ease of control and a high degree of mobility to riders in barrier-free indoor environments such as offices, shopping mall, airport, museum and library.
In 2013, Honda announced the enhanced version, the UNI-CUB β, designed to be even more user-friendly for a wider range of people, smaller and lighter than its previous version.
Honda said a new design and materials were adopted to enhance the senses of unity of the user with the UNI-CUB β, while ease of getting on and off the device was improved through the addition of a stand function in order to enhance usability.
In order to enhance usability, the ease of getting on and off the device was improved through the addition of a stand function.