A well-known car manufacturer has developed a new form of transportation that could help seniors who have a hard time walking.
Honda recently announced its U3-X unicycle that can move forward, backward, side-to-side and even diagonally. It's compact, lightweight and fits comfortably between the legs, according to the company. Furthermore, the cycle's speed is controllable and the operator directs its movements simply by leaning toward his or her destination.
The U3-X is built so that the person sitting on it is high up enough to be at eye level with his or her surrounding company, but both of the operator's feet can still easily touch the ground whenever stopping becomes necessary.
The cycle is powered by a lithium ion battery that allows it to run for up to one hour. It weighs less than 10 kilograms and interested parties can get a first look at it at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show, which begins on October 24.
Honda has been involved in robotics research since 1986 and says it will continue experimenting with the U3-X to see how it performs in the real world.