Yamaha has taken the stage at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show to showcase its motorcycle-riding humanoid robot called Motobot. It’s ultimate goal? To beat Valentino Rossi around a track.
While it is still under development, the Motobot is already capable of riding a modified R1M superbike at speeds up to 100 km/h, as you can see in the video below. Yamaha says the robot is autonomous, which means it can twist the throttle, apply the brake and change gears by itself.
Although you won’t be seeing the Motobot racing in MotoGP any time soon, Yamaha hopes to get its creation to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. More importantly, the Motobot will also serve as a testbed for future rider safety and support systems.
MOTOBOT Ver.1 (Technology exhibit)
This is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology. R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. 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