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Need to walk somewhere? Honda doesn’t think so. The leading car brand recently unveiled its plans to preview two urban vehicles at the upcoming 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. Below is what we know so far about the group’s take on the future of urban transportation.


The Wander Stand

Honda’s first concept mobility pod is the Wander Stand. It’s essentially a vertical golf cart that you can use to navigate busy sidewalks while standing upright. Unlike other machines in the space, this one uses four wheels for extra stability. When operating the unit, users are protected with a sturdy roof, back support and front screen. To remind individuals that the apparatus is not a car, engineers opted for a joystick instead of a steering wheel for navigation.

The most interesting part of the concept is the view panel. It features an interactive screen that displays calls, messages and a detailed map. You can also play music and search for nearby locations. All of these options may not sit well with people who lack coordination and multi-tasking skills. Walking and using a smartphone is hard enough for most people. With a whole screen to work with and increased levels of distractions, Honda should force individuals to pass a competency test before bringing one home.


The Wander Walker

The Wander Walker is a fancy term for a sidewalk-friendly, four-wheel scooter. It seats one person and supports versatile navigation. Handlebars situated in front of the user allow for basic bike-turning movements. The front wheels, which can slide as far as 90 degrees, open up several controls that could be useful in an urban setting. For example, a hard turn makes parking in crowded spaces easier. Avoiding bystanders can also be done with this feature.

Like the first concept vehicle, the Wander Walker supports a panel for on-the-go communication and tracking. From the dashboard, you can access the power button and a loud horn. A mysterious SOS option is also available, though it is unclear how the feature works at this time.


What About the Uni-Cub?

This isn’t the first time Honda has dipped its wheels into futuristic transportation designs. In 2012, the group launched the Uni-Cub, a combination of a Segway and a wheelchair. To use the device, you have to sit down on its egg-shaped frame. The technology behind the pod prevents you from crashing into things. Technically, since you’re much closer to the ground, it should be easier to control, compared to other slothy transportation machines.

“Moreover, UNI-CUB’s compact saddle-style packaging makes it easy for the rider’s legs to reach the ground and maintains eye-level height with other pedestrians. This configuration promotes harmony between the rider and others, letting the rider travel freely and comfortably inside facilities and among moving people,” said the company in a press release.

Like the scooter-briefcase hybrid that never took off, Honda envisions a laid back world where the new standard of “eye-level height” originates from a sitting position (the towering Segway didn’t get it right, either). Unfortunately, we’re just not quite there yet.

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