Honda’s newest robotic stool is enjoyable to experience, nonetheless inconceivable to purchase

Honda's latest robotic stool is fun to ride, still impossible to buy

One of many a number of causes for why we love CEATEC is that we get to check experience human transporters there (in addition to assembly robots of all types). Final yr we got here throughout Honda’s stool-like UNI-CUB, and this yr, the corporate is again with a brand new and improved mannequin dubbed UNI-CUB Beta, and it even let attendees experience the automobiles — whereas sporting Epson’s sensible glasses, no much less — across the present flooring beneath employees supervision. It must be famous that the Beta was truly first unveiled on the Tokyo Motor Present final November, however that did not kill our curiosity. Learn on for our impression and palms-on video.

Gallery | thirteen Pictures
Honda UNI-CUB Beta palms-on

Whereas each the unique UNI-CUB and its successor have the identical 6 km/h prime velocity and 6 km vary, the primary distinction between them is that the latter is decrease and lighter, with the commerce-off being the seat is not adjustable. Honda does not contemplate this an issue, and after our personal check rides, each we agree that that is extra secure and cozy to journey on because of the decrease middle of gravity; and the softer seat is a bonus as nicely.

One other notable change is that the footrests have been redesigned to function help stands. Whenever you need to park the car or use it as a stationary stool, pull up the lever beneath the again of the seat and the footrests will flip to face mode. Equally, to get on the Beta, merely sit down on it, push the lever down after which place your toes on the footrests. In comparison with the unique UNI-CUB, we felt extra assured when getting on and off the brand new mannequin because of the additional help.

As spectacular because the UNI-CUB Beta is, a Honda rep advised us that there is nonetheless no launch date in sight as the corporate continues to discover potential use instances, in addition to to make the product extra reasonably priced by continuously refining the design. Having stated that, we’re definitely getting near the day when these mobility units turn out to be a suitable and authorized technique of transportation, which is nice information for these affected by mobility difficulties.

 Disguise Feedback zeroFeedback

Featured Tales Sponsored Content material

Examine Your Devices

Honda's latest robotic stool is fun to ride, still impossible to buy

Immediately examine merchandise aspect by aspect and see which one is greatest for you!

Attempt it now →