In a global debut at CES, Honda unveiled its Riding Assist technology, which leverages Honda’s robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest.
Rather than relying on gyroscopes, which add a great deal of weight and alter the riding experience as announced by other companies, the Honda Riding Assist motorcycle incorporates technology originally developed for the company’s UNI-CUB personal mobility device.
It isn’t ready for production yet, but the Riding Assist technology works like magic. It can help bigger motorcycles maintain balance while manoeuvring or travelling at crawling speeds – something that can be tricky even for experienced riders. Lessons learnt from developing the iconic Asimo robot and the UNI-CUB personal mobility device were implemented in the Riding Assist Technology.
Riding Assist converts the motorcycle’s front fork from a standard geometry position to one more aggressively angled, analogous to that of a cruiser motorcycle. The adjusted angle helps increase stability, and the balance is maintained by a dedicated motor attached to the front wheel.
Watch it do its thing here: