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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 26-Jan-2018, 11:16 AM (720) Thread Starter
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Motorcycle Riding Robot

A robot aboard a Yamaha YZF R1M successfully hit speeds in excess of 200 km/h at Thunderhill Raceway in California. The robot was trying to best the lap time of Valentino Rossi but in spite of record speeds, fell short. The Yamaha is basically stock so the robot had to be configured to operate controls and steer/lean as would a human.

Full story on BBC: BBC - Future - Meet the motorbike-racing robot
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Read that story a couple days ago. Notice that the robot's abilities are very limited: it can ride laps around the track at high speeds. It cannot negotiate traffic or avoid obstacles as it uses GPS and inertial guidance to follow a pre-programmed path and does not have any cameras, radar or other sensors typically found in self-driving vehicles.

I think technology derived from this demonstration is most likely to show up in enhanced traction, stability and braking control. Imagine if your bike had a switch you could throw so that all you had to do was point it into a turn and it would automatically adjust line, lean angle and throttle to shoot you through the turn at the maximum safe speed.

Yeah, I'd hate it too. But I suspect a lot of people would love it.
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It seems rather strange to me
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Who knows where all this is going? I have a distinct fondness for horse and buggy even though they were before my time. That said, "Gimme my ABS".
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Now where did I put my time machine? I'm going back to 1966.
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As a motorcyclist we will soon be superfluous...
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