Back in 2012, vehicle manufacturer Honda released its first UNI-CUB, which is basically a mobility stool. They have now released a beta version that is even more light and compact than the original.
The new and improved UNI-CUB is powered by a lithium-ion battery and reaches a top speed of 5.9 km (3.7 miles). To ensure that the mobile stool wouldn't contribute to greenhouse gases, it is charged electrically. Users can steer the vehicle in any direction through omni directional driving. This means they simply have to lean their body in the direction they want to move in.
In the beta version, Honda has also added a stand function, which disables the driving function so users can easily step onto the UNI-CUB or use it as a stool. This also makes it ideal for indoor use.
Honda has partnered with Miraikan, Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. Employees have been testing UNI-CUB by making use of it within the building.
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