Japan Mobility Show 2023: A Look Ahead

Nowadays, auto shows all over the world are trying to trick us into thinking they’re something else entirely. For various markets, the departure of the car show and the arrival of the mobility show have different implications. For instance, the Frankfurt International Auto Show is now known as IAA Mobility; it has relocated to Munich and is filled with bicycles. The Japan Motor Show is now the Japan Mobility Show, and instead of bicycles, it is full of unusual and futuristic modes of transportation, some of which are already on the market.

A look at this year’s finest products from the show.

Honda Uni-One:

With the Uni-One, an electric wheelchair, steering is accomplished by adjusting body weight. Although Honda claims that it frees up hands, users who are unable to use their hands or do not have any can also benefit from it. Honda claimed that the wheelchair is “a hands-free personal mobility device that offers new value to our customers by enabling them to enjoy mobility without being constrained by their physical capabilities and/or skills.”

Despite its high centre of gravity, Uni-One is kept stable by anti-tipping control technology. It is extremely manoeuvrable thanks to a drive system that adds powered belts that rotate perpendicular to the wheel. In order to help prevent falls, the Uni-One can also quickly lower the user; the low position is preferable for loading and unloading.

Whill Autonomous Mobility Chair:

The autonomous wheelchair manufactured by the company is utilized in airports across the globe, such as Winnipeg Richardson International Airport in Canada, San Jose International Airport, and Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

Currently in use at airports, Whill Autonomous Service is intended to travel between two designated spots. It’s perfect for getting to and through security checkpoints as well as moving from gate to gate. It has the ability to autonomously return to the rental station and travel to any predetermined location.

Suzuki MOQBA:

Modular Quad Based Architecture, or MOQBA for short, is designed “for those who face barriers in transportation, such as steps, even in a region with developed public transportation.”

Mobility on land, water, and air was covered in Suzuki’s booth; we’ll start with the MOQBA that is on land and upstairs. If the stairway is sufficiently wide, the MOQBA, a tiny electric motorcycle, can ascend stairs by itself or in pairs.

Its four long legs are its party trick; it resembles a motorcycle more than a typical scooter. On level terrain, the bottom wheels propel you forward, but its articulating joints enable it to go up and down stairs.

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