VIDEO: Honda has unveiled the U3-X personal mobility device to rival the Segway
The Honda U3-X is a compact device that fits between the rider's legs, moving in all directions that Honda says is "just as in human walking - forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally".
Riders can adjust the speed and move, turn and stop in all directions by leaning the upper body to shift body weight on the U3-X.
Honda used its "bibedal humanoid robot" to develop the balance control technology, and create the omni-directional driving wheel system.
Measuring a compact 315mm x 160mm x 650mm and weighing less than 10kg, the U3-X is fitted with a lithium ion battery that can be fully charged in an hour.
Honda plans to showcase the U3-X at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, and will continue research and real-world testing.