It’s only a matter of time before robots do most of the things that we do ourselves right now, the machines have already established a strong footing in various industries and they’ll gradually be introduced in others as well. Some of us might not be able to fathom the need for a robot that can handle some pretty fast bikes, but Yamaha has created one, which it proudly showed off at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Yamaha calls it the Motobot and it’s capable of handling some of the fastest motorcycles available, off the top of my head I can think of a couple of scenarios where a robot speeding down the road that it shares with humans on a motorcycle might actually make sense.
Such a robot will be very effective in putting an end to high speed pursuits without putting the lives of human law enforcement officials in danger. It may also prove to be very useful in patrolling streets to safeguard residents against crime, not only will that reduce the risk posed to human officials, but will also strengthen policing in the area.
R&D on the company’s autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot is underway, Yamaha aims to develop it further so that it can ride on an unmodified motorcycle (no safety gear to hold the robot in place) on a racetrack with speeds over 200 km/h.
Controlling a motorcycle at high speeds require multiple control systems to function with a very high degree of accuracy, Yamaha says that it will apply the fundamental technology and the knowledge it has gained from this project to improve rider safety and built better rider-support systems which will eventually make their way into Yamaha motorcycles.