Well, what can I say that hasn’t been said already, here’s your replacement. The next time you think a nice Saturday morning ride would be just the thing, put Motobot on your bike and send him off, instead. Make sure you program him to stop at all of your favorite scenic overlooks with those breath taking views and have him wave as he passes by your Mom’s house. She’ll be glad you were thinking of her. Meanwhile you can do something else, like all of those chores your wife has been asking you to do, but you’ve never had the time for. No excuses, now. What a wonderful bit of technology, so much more efficient than relying on humans. Kinda reminds me of this.
It’s all about safety, they say, rider support systems and things like that. Uh huh.
Yamaha describes it this way:
This is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology. R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy. We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business.
It’s on display at the Tokyo Motor Show. You’ve been warned, …