Don't Miss Stories on Motorcycle.com Share this Article Print Email a Friend Honda will present its second self-balancing motorcycle concept at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show, this time applying the technology to a new electric motorcycle. The Honda Riding Assist-e uses the same robotics technology that allowed the original Riding Assist concept to keep itself balanced at low speeds without rider input.
The original Riding Assist concept used a Honda NC700 as its base, with the self-balancing technology housed in the front end. Instead of using gyroscopes, the technology uses robotics developed from Honda’s UNI-CUB personal mobility device to stay upright at low speeds or at a standstill, making micro adjustments to maintain balance. The NC700’s frame returns once again, but instead of the forward-tilted parallel-Twin engine, the chassis holds an electric motor, mounted high, just under the seat.
Power is delivered to the rear wheel via a drive shaft housed in the single-sided swingarm. The battery is likely housed low in chassis to keep a low center of gravity. There are gaps in the side panels which suggest they may open up to access the battery. The charging port is located on the left side of the bike, beside the electric motor. Behind the motor, Honda has mounted a rear-facing radiator.
What’s particularly interesting is that the electric power train and self-balancing systems are completely separate, so we’ll see how Honda further develops both technologies going forward. We’ll have to wait until the Tokyo Motor Show on Oct. 25 for more details about the Riding Assist-e. The Tokyo Show will also feature a new Super Cub C125 concept, a Monkey 125 concept, and a Super Cub 110 commemorating the 100 millionth Cub to be produced.
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Home/Motorcycles The Yamaha Motoroid Is An Intelligent Weirdo From The Future The Yamaha Motoroid concept is an intelligent, AI enabled, self-riding, self-balancing electric motorcycle that looks like more like a sci-fi movie prop than a fully functioning motorcycle concept. Is this the future of motorcycling? Well, it’s hard to say. The idea of being taken for a ride rather than being in control undermines the whole point of a motorcycle, but like Honda’s strange self-balancing concept, the idea of having a motorcycle that can follow you around like a dog is quite appealing… This Is The Yamaha Motoroid The Yamaha Motoroid was recently unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it’s rather impressive.
The futuristic concept utilizes new technology to allow the bike to remain upright – even standing firm when forcibly pushed – and it can drive autonomously too. The Yamaha Motoroid’s artificial intelligence is pretty clever, and it’s able to recognize its rider using biometrics and facial recognition and what’s more, it can even react to hand gestures making it able to come when called, start the bike, and turn it off.
Yamaha spokesman John Boreland explained: “The motor bike is the recent past, and the Motoroid is the future. The object is to see what lessons can be learned to connect machine to human more effectively.” And to make the connection between human rider and motorcycle even closer, Yamaha have designed the Motoroid with the help of psychologists, who came up with the idea for the strange wings that hug the rider’s rear.
According to Yamaha, these rear wings gently squeeze the rider’s lower back when the bike travels at frightening speeds, and offers reassuring caresses to keep the rider calm. Which is…nice, maybe? Boreland explained further: “Somewhere along the line, this will all meld together so you’ll be part of the bike and it will figure things out for you.” That being said, the future looks like it’s a long way off, considering that Yamaha’s other show piece, the acclaimed Motobot, is still proving that humans are significantly better riders than robots.
As for artificial intelligence with motorcycles, it’s going to happen eventually, but we just hope someone manages to make something less annoying than Kawasaki’s current attempt… Anyway, you’ll probably be pleased to know that the Motoroid is nothing more than a concept, and it’s definitely not for sale. For now. [embedded content] Categories: Motorcycles About Joe AppletonI’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too.
I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…