Watch Yamaha's Motorcycle-Riding Robot in Action
Yamaha announced an incredible motorcycle-riding robot called the Motobot last October at the Tokyo Motor Show, and threw some folks for a loop. We all kind of looked on scratching our heads as to why you'd make such a robot and wondered if it would even ride well. Now it's making some grand claims about what the robot will be able to do on the track. They say that it will be able to beat the times set by renowned racer Valentino Rossi. The company teamed up with SRI International with the goal of getting Motobot to ride around a racetrack putting human drivers to shame. During its debut, it was shown on a modified Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, but they hope to have it ride on any standard bike without assistance. RELATED: Transformers for Real: Watch a Robot Become a Car
According to Lanesplitter, testing has already started and the video below shows that Motobot is making progress. You can see that the bike is still modified, but it is driving without human assistance, so it's a very promising start.
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Yahama intends to use Motobot as a tool for developing better bikes for human riders by studying the inputs from Motobot as it speeds down the track. Anyone else have nightmarish visions of one of these as a police office pulling you over and issuing a ticket? Let the street-racing robot uprising begin!
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