Video: The Yamaha MOTOROiD lives!
Yamaha released very little information about the MOTOROiD, and just one picture, but now a video has appeared on YouTube which shows the MOTOROiD in action... kind of.
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The video, published by The Japan Times, shows Yamaha's MOTOROiD going for a very short ride. On its own. The video shows the AI bike following its 'owner' from one end of the stage to the other, via a few taps on the bike's bodywork.
Yamaha's model taps twice on the bodywork, prompting the bike to lift itself off its sidestand. The bike then follows him to the other end of the stage and stops when he holds his hand out. The model then tries to push the bike over with a few gentle pushes, but the rear wheel of the bike twists to keep the bike upright. It looks pretty cool.
The MOTOROiD has been developed as an electric bike, powered by a rear wheel hub motor and lithium-ion batteries.
Your first thought might be 'why do we need bikes that can ride themselves?!' But how great would it be to arrive at the front door of your destination and have your bike park or charge itself. That's pretty cool, right?