Honda Uni-One: A Segway-like wheelchair employing VR for modernised mobility

Honda says you can experience its innovative VR technology at SXSW 2024 where Uni-One will debut in US
An undated image of Honda Uni-One. — Homda
An undated image of Honda Uni-One. — Homda

The leading automaker Honda has ventured into an entirely different domain of technology that caters to the mobility needs. The company's yet-to-release Segway-like chair blurs the line between a Wall-E-like future and a fun way to tap into the virtual reality with a touch of immersion. 

The company has made a barging entry into the realm of VR by merging it with Uni-One personal mobility device. Mirroring the seated Segway, the device is self-sufficient as it controls itself by determining the type of posture of the person seated.

To exploit the VR segment of the device, users must first get a comprehensive lookout into the functionality of the Uni-One for a fully immersive experience.

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Not only does this futuristic machine deliver enhanced personal mobility and a platform for ordinary users to roam in the depths of virtual reality, it also caters to the mobility needs of those with physical disabilities.

Honda Uni-One design and tech

The design of UNI-ONE is backed by a self-balancing technology that does not require user's full faith into the device before fastening the straps, as it detects the posture itself.

Movement on the UNI-ONE is pretty much the same as that of Segway, on which leaning forward moves the machine while leaning back pulls the break.

Is Honda Uni-One safe?

While the design of the Uni-One seems frightening as it lack any support on sides, however, there's nothing to worry about as the Uni-One at its best move at a speed of 3.7 mph, and has a waist strap to ensure your safety.

Honda even included a stabilisation function where it won’t lean too far forward and buck you off. Even though the Uni-One is a seated device, you can set it to a high position where you’ll be closer to eye level with someone who’s standing. On the other hand, you can also set it to low so you can maintain level with someone sitting.

Honda Uni-One launch

According to the company, you can experience its innovative VR technology at SXSW 2024, where the Uni-One will debut in the US. Honda plans to offer a "choose your VR adventure" game at its booth starting on March 10.

If you are unable to attend SXSW, Honda aims to make this VR experience with the Uni-One available at theme parks, shopping malls, and other entertainment venues.