This might look like a scene straight from a sci-fi movie from Hollywood, but it is indeed a reality. A humanoid robot riding a bike on a racetrack might sound surreal, albeit Yamaha has turned this into reality. The Motobot recently rode one of Yamaha’s motorcycles alongside Valentino Rossi, a professional rider. Although, the humanoid robot couldn’t beat the lap time of Rossi, but it is amusing to see a Motobot hunched over a motorcycle and ride on the racetrack. The Motobot fell short of 32 seconds to beat Rossi’s lap time of 85.74 seconds. That said, its lap time was around 117.5 seconds. Don’t believe us? Watch the video below. Also See – Yamaha R15 V3 – All Details
Interestingly, the robot too gets to ride a standard bike, as no modifications were made to the bike. Then how does the Motobot ride a regular bike just like humans? The Motobots have been programmed to sense the environment and calculate the next move. At the same time, it tries to keep the bike stable, manage acceleration and deceleration by calculating the road condition, air resistance and engine braking. Also See – Yamaha Fazer 25 Price, Specs & Other Details
Being developed by Yamaha under ‘a moon shot’ project, it will allow to develop autonomous features for commercial motorcycles to make it safer & easier to ride. Other bike makers are also developing such technology that allows maintain bike’s stability dead low speed (around 15km/h). That said, Honda’s all-electric Riding Assist-e that enables to keep the bike stable at low speeds and Kawasaki’s Siri inspired AI voice-response system are such progressive systems that could revolutionize the motorcycle industry.
Coming back to Yamaha’s Motobot, it is primarily aimed at going fast and is claimed to hit top speed of 200km/h in a straight line.