Auto Expo 2018: Yamaha MOTOROiD Autonomous Bike Showcased
One of the most distinct concepts showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 was the Yamaha MOTOROiD autonomous bike. MOTOROiD is a a self-balancing motorbike that can adjust its seat girders according to the rider, project a floating augmented display in front of the rider, and go about autonomously.
MOTOROiD is a result of designing a unique a new-generation motorcycle in the unique style of Yamaha. Yamaha’s cutting edge expertise of Yamaha’s product development team gave birth to the concept “MOTOROiD”. Its presence at the Auto Expo 2018 showcases Yamaha’s technological marvel to the Indian customers.
Yamaha MOTOROiD demonstration was only a peek into its full potential. Motoroid used its onboard computer and cameras to recognise the person ahead, switch itself on, balance itself on its two wheels, come forward, stop and go back with just hand gestures. A detailed demonstration was also given with all its functions of coming back and forth by accepting hand gestures. A demonstration of its self balancing technology was also shown by pushing it and how it balanced itself without falling down.
Yamaha plans to raise the future image of mobility beyond just being a tool of transportation and developing technologies that create new values for the customers. The development team also states that it is capable of doing much more. Taking the driver-bike interaction to a whole new level MOTOROiD adapts to riding styles, adjust its seat girders according to the rider and project an augmented display as well.
Powered by Li-ion batteries and to reduce losses, the hub motor has been placed on the rear wheel itself. The smart vehicle senses its own centre of gravity automatically and hence, remains upright. Using an advanced balance control system, the machine senses its own state, moves to the upright position by means of changing its centre of gravity and maintains its position. In addition to be able to recognize its owner, it acts more like a riding partner by responding to its rider’s behaviour through various functions.
We are glad that the autonomous technology in two wheel bikes is taking shape as fast as it takes shape in four wheelers.