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Honda U3-X personal mobility prototype gets demo’d in New York

Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype vehicle

Do you think that the Segway is still too big for getting around town? Don’t want to bother with an electric scooter or wheelchair? Honda is apparently looking ahead to the future with the Honda U3-X personal mobility prototype.

Although it has been shown off in Honda’s native land of Japan, this is the first time that the “personal mobility” device is being demonstrated in the United States. More specifically, they’re showing off the device (which was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show last year) over at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel until April 8. They’ll also be demoing the U3-X in Michigan next week.

In short, you could say that the Honda U3-X is akin to riding a unicycle, but you don’t need t a perfect sense of balance to ride it. That’s because it uses similar technology as the Segway; you lean forward to go forward, lean back to go back, and so on. You can move sideways and diagonally too, just while seated.

The Honda U3-X weighs in at 22 pounds and a full charge of the lithium-ion battery pack provides you with up to one-hour of mobility. The recharge can happen with any conventional power outlet.

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