CES 2016: Yamaha Describes First Autonomous Motorcycle-Riding Humanoid Robot

Posted: Jan 7 2016, 9:08am CST | by , in News | CES


CES 2016: Yamaha Describes First Autonomous Motorcycle-Riding Humanoid Robot
Credit: Yamaha Motor
  • Yamaha Motors & SRI international announce their collaboration to develop MOTOBOT at CES 2016!

The partners will develop the first autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot called MOTOBOT.

SRI International and Yamaha Motor Co. just announced their partnership at CES 2016. The partners will collaborate toward the development of MOTOBOT. MOTOBOT is the first autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot.

The robot has been designed to ride like a person. The MOTOBOT is developed to aid development of future motorcycles. Yamaha claims it will also improve motorcycle safety, and push the limits of what is possible.

The final goal of the MOTOBOT is to beat MotoGP world champion rider. MOTOBOT will be lauded if it can race Valentino Rossi's lap times. 

Amish Parashar is the director of Strategic Business Development at Yamaha Motor.  Thomas P. Low is the associate director of Robotics at SRI International.

Together they will describe MOTOBOT's joint development at CES 2016. The keynote will takes place during the Robotics Conference presentation at CES 2016. It is scheduled for January 8, 2016 at 11:30am. 

Yamaha is collaborating with SRI International to make the MOTOBOT project a rapid reality. Yamaha will use the world-renowned robotics program by SRI international.

SRI International has been developing robots for over 40 years. According to Yamaha developing a humanoid vehicle rider is an ambitious effort. So Yamaha has partnered with SRI International. Yamaha and SRI will both contribute towards the project with their expertise. 

"Developing a humanoid vehicle rider is an ambitious effort, which is why we decided to work with SRI International, one of Silicon Valley's great R&D powerhouses. This is a strong collaboration as we bring some experience in motorcycle racing and manufacturing robotics and SRI is making contributions to the field of robotics with breakthrough components and systems," said Amish Parashar.

"This project will be able to push several boundaries:  visualizing data about human motorcycle operation, further quantifying the relationship between rider input and machine behavior, and then using the resulting know-how to build even better vehicles."

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Yamaha Motor on MOTOBOT in order to have a significant and positive impact on high-performance vehicle development," added Thomas P. Low.

"At CES, we will demonstrate how far humanoid robots have advanced in efficiency and performance, and how industry leaders such as Yamaha Motor can leverage robotics to solve business challenges, create competitive advantages and accelerate innovation."

Read more about latest innovations, gadgets and the tech items coming to CES 2016 in our CES Hub.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will take place in Las Vegas on January 6-9, 2016. The expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The CES 2016 will feature over 3,600 exhibitors and play host to over 150,000 attendees.

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