The "Segway of unicycles" - Honda's U3-X Personal Mobility Concept Device - debuts in Paris

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Honda's innovative U3-X, a unique personal mobility concept device, is making its debut in Europe within an exhibition entitled 'Getting Around', on show between April and August 2012 at the Museum of Architecture and Heritage (Cite De L'Architecture et du Patrimione), in Paris.

First unveiled at the Tokyo Motorshow in 2009 and independently described as the 'segway of unicycles' the U3-X is a self-balancing one-wheeled electric vehicle inspired by robotic technologies developed for ASIMO - Honda's humanoid robot - and represents an entirely new form of mobility. It was also nominated as one of the 50 best inventions of 2009 by a leading consumer magazine.

Inspired by ASIMO's ability to find its own balance point, U3-X can stand upright by controlling its centre of gravity. A mono-wheel traction structure, Honda's Omni Traction (HOT) Drive System, enables the U3-X to move freely and smoothly in all directions. The regular large wheel is actually made up of several small wheels in a series, which can rotate independently, meaning that the device can go forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, all being controlled with a simple lean of the rider's upper body.

Weighing just under 22 lbs and with a seat and footrests that fold into the device for extra portability, the U3-X was designed by Honda to aid mobility and be used completely intuitively by people in settings such as in museums, airports or shopping centres.

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Getting around: city, architecture and mobility
From April 4 to August 26, 2012
Cite de L'architecture et du Patrimoine
1, Place du Trocadéro, 75116 Paris &

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