Yamaha Reveals Motorcycle Riding Humanoid Robot

Yamaha unveiled a motorcycle riding robot at the Tokyo motor show today that was quite a surprise! It doesn’t just ride a motorcycle, it rides a liter bike!

The motorcycle riding robot (Motobot) designed by Yamaha is actually perched atop a full-fledged, Yamaha R1M, 1000cc superbike. This robot doesn’t mess around apparently when it comes to riding in style.

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(Credit: Yamaha)

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(Credit: Yamaha)

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(Credit: Yamaha)

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(Credit Yamaha)

The Motobot was designed using Yamaha’s robotics and motorcycle technology to be able to ride a completely unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack like a boss.

According to a Yamaha press announcement, “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.” That seems to indicate that the Motobot hasn’t been perfected just yet. Even so, Motobot definitely looks like a pro.

Yamaha’s plan is to use the Motobot to help them develop safety systems that will protect the rider such as those currently found in cars.


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