Motobot the humanoid robot capable of riding motorcycles was revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is known for its innovative concepts. Already automakers from around the world have shown some very strange and impressive design concepts. None of them came up with an idea such as the one that Yamaha just revealed.
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Yamaha just showed a promo video with the Motobot concept. Motobot is an autonomous humanoid robot capable of riding motorcycles. The video shows Motobot cruising around an abandoned airfield.
Other than the impressive video not much is known about Motobot. In the video we can see Motobot take turns and even tap the clutch. Motobot was also seen twisting the throttle while remaining miraculously upright. The sight in the video was quite impressive for a robot.
Even more baffling was Motobot’s childish and robotic voice. The Motobot’s statements directed at the MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi were also pretty spooky. Motobot stated he was created to surpass Rossi and his skill is improving every day.
Motobot drives, speaks and even took a dig at the best MotoGP driver. The video strongly hints at a face off possibility between Motobot and Rossi. It’s safe to say Yamaha delivered perfectly on every one’s automatonophobia just in time for Halloween.
Yamaha revealed the aim is to make Motobot ride a motorcycle at more than 200 kilometers per hour. Motobot has to run an unmodified bike on a racetrack. Yamaha seems to be taking their time.
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Yamaha will also use the lessons learned from Motobot and apply them into their current business. The project will allow better rider safety and rider support systems. Motobot will allow Yamaha to pioneer new lines of business.