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Yamaha Unleashes Motorcycling Robot

Accepted submission by Phoenix666 at 2015-10-29 20:21:11
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Yamaha unveiled the "Motobot" at the Tokyo Motor Show [theregister.co.uk] on Wednesday. According to the company, it's an "autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha's motorcycle and robotics technology".

It adds: "R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. 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."

It remains to be seen if Motobot does ultimately surpass Rossi, who currently rides for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP. With one race left in the 2015 season, he's leading the title chase, with a five point advantage over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

The world has been lacking motorcyclists with even less fear of death.


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