The U3-X can change directions like a fly – Honda plans to incorporate the tech in its upcoming bikes and cars
After Toyota pioneered the self parallel parking system, quite a few other carmakers have tried to emulate the Japanese carmaker. It’s the turn of arch rival Honda now to develop a self parking system, albeit with a twist. Honda announced its plans to bring out the technology used in their U3-X ‘Uniscooter’ and use it in two-wheelers as well as four-wheelers for the purpose of parallel parking. This feature will help vehicles to park themselves at a right angle.
Shin-ichiro Kobashi, one of the U3-X’s developers said, “There is no specific concept yet,” but he confirmed that Honda is looking out for uses of the same technology in other vehicles in both its car and bike stables.
It is the omni-traction drive system of the U3-X that will be used in the other cars and bikes manufactured by Honda. This system consists of a series of small wheels attached to the outer side of the bigger wheels of the vehicle. These small wheels will be able to rotate at a right angle to the bigger wheel. This is the system which helps the U3-X to move in any direction.
The U3-X has been developed by Honda as a Personal mobility device. However the same technology can be used in an automotive perspective making self parallel parking very much possible.