Friday, September 25, 2009
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. opened prototype "U3-X" of an electric monocycle that was able to move to the public right and left and diagonally on around September 24. Compact size installed between person's both feet in vehicle of singles. It operates it by moving weight.
True side and the prototype was completed by diagonally using HOT Drive System of the world first that was able to be moved (all azimuth drive wheel mechanism = Honda Omni Traction Drive System) in addition to the movement before and behind the balance control technology that developed by the robotics research on two-legged robot "ASIMO" of this company. Only weight moves, the speed and the direction can be adjusted, it moves in various directions, it turns, and it stops. For the foot to attach at once when getting on, and to become almost the same line of vision as the pedestrian, the size has been adjusted. The size is 160×315×650mm in height in depth in width, and weight is 10kg or less. It is possible to run for one hour when the lithium-ion battery is made a power supply, and it charges it full.
First of all, the inclination sensor detects the inclination of the body by the weight shift in the mechanism of operation. As a result, in which direction you want to move at the speed of which extent is distinguished, and it moves while doing an exact control that recovers the inclination. The wheel of the heart developed for the first time in the world is shape that makes two or more small wheels transverse and connects it to the row. A diagonal movement became possible by combining two movements because it moved back and forth with the wheel and it was possible to move right and left with a small wheel, too. "U3-X" is scheduled to be exhibited to "The 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009" held in Makuhari Messe on October 24.