“I am Motobot. I was created to surpass you.”
What sounds like the tagline of a cheesy robot horror flick is part of the promo video for Motobot, Yamaha's humanoid motorcycle-riding robot.
Yamaha unveiled Motobot at the Tokyo Motor Show yesterday and hopes one day the robot will be able to beat MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi's lap times around a racetrack.
The company is fusing its robotics and motorcycle technology for the ambitious goal.
Yamaha engineers hope Motobot will reach speeds up to 125 mph.
“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, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business,” the company states on their website.
The video shows Motobot riding up to 62 mph on a closed track with tense engineers looking on.
The robot sits atop a Yamaha YZF-R1M and is able to adjust itself and the bike during the ride.
According to Wired, Motobot may be able to ride other vehicles, like snowmobiles and jetskis.
There is no word yet whether Motobot and Rossi will actually face off, although the robot still needs lots of work before it’s ready to take on a world champ.
The promo video is exciting to watch, except for the cringe-worthy and slightly threatening Motobot voice.
“I am not human but there has to be something only I am capable of,” it warns.
We can't wait to find out.
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