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■Next-generation personal mobility

Within Electric Mobility Synergy, Honda is also developing mobility devices based on new concepts that are radically different from ordinary automobiles and motorcycles. These devices will be the next generation of electric personal mobility products that enrich people's lives.

● Micro Commuter Prototype
The Micro Commuter Prototype β1, is a micro-sized short-distance electric vehicle currently under development. Working with local governments, we plan to begin real-world testing2 of this vehicle in the fall of 2013 to verify its potential in car-sharing applications and for providing short-distance mobility assistance to senior citizens. Our goal is to create a next-generation mobility device that helps Honda share the fun and joy of mobility with more people while placing minimum impact on the environment, and to market the device to local governments as a useful tool for community development programs.

● UNI-CUB
The UNI-CUB is a personal mobility device that offers complete freedom of movement and is operated simply by shifting one's weight in the desired direction. The compact device fits comfortably between the legs, freeing the hands for other tasks. Designed to achieve integration with the human body for natural, intuitive movement, the UNI-CUB has been undergoing demonstration testing since June 2012 at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, with plans for initial use in shopping malls, museums, and other public spaces.

● Walking assistance
Honda is developing wearable walking assist devices to help people continue to enjoy the freedom and joy of walking on their own two feet. Making full use of our research in robotics, represented by ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, we are developing a device that helps the user lift his or her legs as they move forward and backward while walking, as well as a device that supports bodyweight to reduce the load on the user's legs. We are actively pursuing practical application of these devices by verifying their potential use in rehabilitation medicine and elderly care, and by collaborating with homebuilders to verify the in-home use of robot technologies.

Micro Commuter Prototype, announced in November 2012
Micro Commuter Prototype β

UNI-CUB at the office

Testing walking assist devices in various settings: for physical rehabilitation at Yufuin Kohseinenkin Hospital (left), for in-home use (right)

  1. A mobility device developed for marketing in Japan's "micro" vehicle class, the introduction of which is being considered by the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and in the EU's L7 category (for EVs, maximum mass of 400 kg excluding the battery and maximum power output of 15 kW)
  2. As of June 2013, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) have been signed with Kumamoto Prefecture and Miyakojima City in Okinawa

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