We already have ‘auto-pilot’ tech for cars, and now the circle is complete as Yamaha has unveiled the MOTOBOT ,’an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot’ at the Tokyo Motor Show, and must we say, it’s one of the most interesting innovations presented by Yamaha at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
In the presentation video an almost human-looking-blue-accented bot, is shown in a racing crouch astride a specially adapted 1,000cc Yamaha R1M superbike with outrigger-mounted wheels. The new robot is built with a combination of Yamaha’s world-class motorcycle and robotics technology. The objective of creating the MOTOBOT is to improve techniques and performance of riders on the track and also to develop the next-gen support systems for riders to make riding safer.
Yamaha says, “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.”
In the video (embedded below) The MOTOBOT says, “the way you ride is both beautiful and exciting.”
“I am improving my skills every day but I am not sure I could even beat you. Perhaps if I learn everything about you, I will be able to catch up” says the confident MOTOBOT, addressing the MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi! The end goal of the MOTOBOT is to become capable of competing against Valentino Rossi’s lap times around a racetrack! The R&D at Yamaha is currently aiming to develop a robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h!!
Watch the video of the MOTOBOT riding a motorcycle below