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This Yamaha Robot Can Drive a Motorcycle

 This Yamaha Robot Can Drive a Motorcycle

Ever feel uneasy when a motorcycle speeds past you on the road? In the future, that feeling may get a lot more intense. Because the driver of that motorcycle might be a robot.

At the Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha showed off its Version 1 Motobot, an "autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot." Yamaha said it's developing the Motobot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 kilometers (or around 124 miles) per hour.

Yes, you just read that correctly. Not only do we now live in a world where robots can ride motorcycles, but soon, they'll probably be able to ride faster than you. As you can imagine, development of this motorcycle-riding robot was no easy task.

"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," Yamaha said. What could go wrong, right?

Before your mind becomes clouded with worst-case scenarios, know this: Yamaha says this project can actually lead to safer motorcycles in the long run.

"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," Yamaha said. The company added that it's hoping the project will also lead to "new lines of business," but didn't elaborate. Robot chauffeurs, anyone?

Would you go for a joyride on the back of a motorcycle being driven by a robot? Some of you adrenaline junkies are probably chomping at the bit.  

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