Honda has unveiled a new Segway-like device, which allows users to move forwards, backwards, side-to-side and diagonally according to how they distribute their weight.
The electric mobility device dubbed UNI-CUB, looks a lot like a vacuum cleaner unit with a bicycle saddle attached to its top.
Three things to know about the Segway-like vehicle:
It reaches speeds of up to six kilometers per hour and is designed to be used indoors.
There is no handle bar, so riders can control the vehicle with their body weight alone.
It runs on a lithium-ion battery and only carries one person.
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The vehicle is not ready for release yet, but will be tested at Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science prior to its official launch.
The Museum's director, Mamoru Mohri, told the Wall Street Journal that riding the vehicle feels like being in zero-gravity and gives you a floaty feeling. The director is a former astronaut.
The main purpose of the vehicle is to get around large buildings, but the UNI-CUB's main competitor--the Segway Human Transporter--is designed for both indoor and outdoor navigation.
According Honda the smaller size of the vehicle makes it ideal to use around office spaces and elevators. The video introducing the device shows young employees navigating around their office spaces on the device. The vehicle is not much wider than the space a person would use to walk.
The UNI-CUB has not yet been valued, but an estimate from the Wall Street Journal indicates that it will be sold for about $9,300.