Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Yamaha Motobot can ride an R1 at 200kph, could someday challenge Jorge Lorenzo for MotoGP supremacy

Even though it looks like it just escaped from a Transformers movie set, the Yamaha Motobot Ver.1 has actually been created by Yamaha as an R&D tool that will help them develop advanced rider safety systems

At the Tokyo Motor Show this year, Yamaha will unveil their first "Motobot," which they say is "an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha’s motorcycle and robotics technology." Ah, brilliant. A robot that can ride motorcycles really fast, will not throw tantrums and will not demand a pay hike every year. Who knows, in another 10 years, Yamaha may not even need another Jorge Lorenzo...

But seriously, the Yamaha Motobot is an R&D tool - something that can ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200kph. No, not to go racing in MotoGP, but to help Yamaha develop advanced rider safety and rider support systems that are actually usable in the real world. "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," say Yamaha. Damn cool...!
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