Autonomous Motorcycles are Becoming a Reality
As artificial intelligence plays an important part in our community, there is no surprise that motorbikes may no longer need a human to make it function.
In the recent years, investing in artificial intelligence seems to be the latest direction for most motorcycle manufacturers. While Kawasaki has unveiled their Rideology system, which allows us to talk to our motorbike, Yamaha has invested up to US$20 million working on autonomous vehicles, robotics and drones in order to have an automated self-riding motorcycle available within a decade.
“Our current target is how to assist the rider. The rider can focus more on safety if the machine handling becomes autonomous and artificial intelligence can be used for course selection.”, said Hiroyuki Yanagi, Yamaha chief executive.
Eric Unnervik, a micro-engineering French student has confirmed to be developing a miniature rider-less self-balancing motorcycle and of course, this is definitely not an idea to boost the gloomy toy market.
The bike would be able to reach up to the impressive 40mph speed, using an onboard computer to make steering adjustments for balance, while the controller can tell the model bike where to go via a smartphone app. However, it couldn’t stay upfront when it stops. Unnervik also claims that he plans to produce a full-size autonomous motorcycle which is believed to be faster and safer than any human riders.
So, are you ready to say goodbye to accidents, dangers, as well as the joy of riding as autonomous technology become mandatory? Let us know your thoughts at the comment session.