Creative minds along with new technologies take shape quickly and discovered daily. In order to raise living standards, conceal disadvantages and drawbacks, or even transcend the limits of human ability to meet greater levels of efficiency, man never ceases with one invention. The following is an example of an invention that took roots over 30 years ago in the mist of doubt and diversions and now poised to spark a crucial factor for future logistics.
Yamaha has invented the MOTOBOT, a blue human-shaped cyborg acting as a motorcyclist mounted on the back of Yamaha’s flagship YZF-R1 portrayed as a professional racer in crouched position ready to take on any formidable contender down the racetrack. The renowned Japanese manufacturing company of various mechanical and electronic products such as musical instruments, audio equipment, outboard boat engines, motorcycles and so on, along with shares in Toyota, Yamaha Corporation, and Yamaha Motors, and thus further joint efforts in the areas of research and development and marketing activities, claims the “mounted” motorcycle can ride freely up to speeds of 120 miles per hour. The objective is to have Motobots that can mimic all associated physical and biological gestures and processes of human motorcyclists on a standard racing motorcycle. The hope is, also, to create a high standard law-abiding motorcyclist prototype to lead by example in the area of prioritized-safety riding and support the development of the new powertrain model to be launched along with other Yamaha models, as well as other models such as snowmobiles, the machinery industry, or even the ATV that pioneers Yamaha’s breakthrough know-how in to future businesses.
Human assistance is required at the get-go, however, that aside, Motobots have been developed to control 6-nozzle motorcycles the same way a human driver would, whether it’s twisting the throttle, shifting, steering left / right, cree and clutch or brake. Motobots operate by analyzing data from sensors on itself and the motorcycle it is riding. Data is recorded and processed for accurate acceleration and fuel consumption. The driving conditions on the road ahead of the Motobot is developed one step further with artificial intelligence to learn the intricacies of the racetrack and improve virtual racing performance to a human level. The blue bots also outperform its previous models as they are able to decide autonomously accordingly under different settings, varying climates and road conditions, and therefore, the overall racing conditions at different locations. Yamaha continues to focus primarily on driving safety. Putting policy to practice, it has to eveyone’s surprise combined the both highly prioritized concepts, the invention and the high-safety driving, to promote a race between the Professional motorcycle racer in the MotoGP World Championship version, the legendary 9-time Italian Champ Valentino Rossi, against the artificial blue driver to augment the substance of both viabilities, together. Motobot’s first address to Valentino pulled no punches: “I am MOTOBOT. I was created to surpass you. I am improving my skills every day but I am not sure I could even beat the five-year-old you. Perhaps if I learn everything about you, I will be able to catch up … “.
Yamaha has developed robotics for more than 30 years with expectancies that Motobot will be the project that brings all applications and know-hows to light through new processing algorithms. In the past, robots were predeterminedly keyed to proceed with one task at a time that humans have a difficult time completing, such as the assembling of large heavy metal pieces with a series of precise welds in a matter of seconds, or twisting heavy bolts in the correct sequence and frequency with minimal required time, and other duties that required dealing with large heavy objects, and sometimes adverse climates, over long periods of time. While other auto manufacturers focused on building autonomous units, Yamaha focused on the development of Robot Drivers that can be applied to a standard conventional motorcycle without any engine modifications, or what it callsRobotic Chauffeur of the future.
By year-end Yamaha is committed to the development of Motobots that can maneuver around obstacles with ski-like moves at the speed of 62 miles an hour. In 2560, Yamaha will develop a Motobot that can travel with speeds up to 124 miles an hour, which will surpass the current human driving ability. By 2020, the project will be extended for other consumer applications as well, which by that time comes we will be watching excitingly of to how exactly Yamaha will be using it artificial intelligence capacity to surprise the industry and consumers. Nevertheless, we shall see Robotic Chauffeuring on the road sooner than we expected.
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References and pictures global.yamaha-motor.com, forbes.com, techradar.com