The most prominent display at Honda's 2010 Geneva Motor Show booth featured the new hybrid CR-Z sports hatch. Nothing, however, was more interesting than seeing a live demonstration of Honda's U3-X personal mobility device.
In the video above, a woman effortlessly pilots the U3-X around the stage through slight body shifts. Via her minute weight shifts she was able to easily and gracefully travel forwards and backwards, as well as glide from side to side.
The U3-X uses one big wheel for forward and backward motion, with lots of little wheels perpendicularly wrapped around the outside of the big wheel to provide side-to-side movement. Check outif you're unsure what this looks like.
Wheel speeds are automatically adjusted to keep the U3-X and the rider in an upright position at all times. For example, when the operator leans forward, the big wheel rotates faster to prevent the whole thing from falling over, with the smaller wheels doing a similar thing when the rider leans sideways.
Although Honda doesn't mention its top speed, the U3-X can run for one hour on its Lithium-ion battery. Weighing 10 kilograms all up, the U3-X is a little heavy to put in your carry-on luggage, but it would fit well in the back of a car. At Geneva, Honda presented the U3-X alongside its EV-N electric car, the idea being that the two vehicles would complement each other for emission-free transportation.
Via CNET US