How cool is that? The fact that Age of Ultron is here as Yamaha builds a robot to drive its motorcycles and calls it the Motobot is one of the coolest things we’re heard in a while.
What’s even more awesome about it is the fact that it is humanoid in shape, not just a remote controlled box and that Yamaha wants it to be faster than humans. Its name is Motobot and it was presented for the first time yesterday, at the Tokyo Motor show.
Another good thing about this motorcycle riding bot is the fact that, primarily, it is designed so that Yamaha can test and research more about human safety while riding. Moto can go up to 124 mph, or 200 kmph. Yamaha, however, has chosen not to tell the world exactly how fast the bot can go.
The work that they have done has wonderful implications, not just for safety, nor because it’s really cool, but because of what this means in terms of advancement in robotic design. With the efforts and strives of companies such as Yamaha, it seems we are getting closer and closer to the robots science-fiction has always dreamed about or even closer to artificial intelligence.
Motobot’s presentation video also drops clues on the fact that, when ready, it will challenge Valentino Rossi, nine times world champion. In the video, Rossi can be seen doing laps on a racetrack, while the bot is being tested.
The brilliant blue biker robot is shown in pictures crouching over a motorcycle especially adapted for it. It is a 1000cc Yamaha R1M superbike, that will allow Moto to go where no man has gone before in the field of fast motorcycling.
The robot will also have a certain degree of autonomy. Its motorcycle will have position recognition and machine learning features, that will allow the bot to make its own decisions regarding what best routes to take around the track and about the bike’s performances. This means that it will improve significantly the time in which it will perform the required track laps, than if it had been driven by a human.
This is truly brilliant news from the motorcycle company and it has sent the internet in an uproar and also, in debate and question asking. What will they think of next? Is the time of the machine finally here? Are we witnessing the dawn of The Age of Ultron?
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