The Auto Expo 2018 displayed some of the most brilliant works of automotive engineering and design in its full glory. The best of motorbikes from across the globe were showcased and the show was a hit throughout. However, one concept bike which was the show stealer came from the house of Yamaha.
No prizes for guessing – it is the Yamaha MOTOROiD. The AI (Artificial Intelligence) enabled concept bike was originally launched last year at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017 and was finally unveiled here in India this time at the Auto Expo in Greater Noida. An instant hit with all the attendees, we have to admit it left us impressed too.
The self-balancing concept bike is one of a kind and a perfect example of how Yamaha is taking a radical leap forward when it comes to turning ideas into reality. The MOTOROiD comes fitted with two cameras in the front, programmed with a face detection technology, one of its many AI enabled functions. On being activated, it automatically scans and detects the face of its owner and follows their commands thereafter.
The representative from Yamaha precisely demonstrated all the gestures and instructions which the Yamaha MOTOROiD is programmed to follow. As of now, Yamaha has programmed the MOTOROiD bike to comprehend and obey a total of four hand gestures or commands. However, the motorbike showcased at the expo had a few more than that up its sleeve. Yamaha chose not to reveal them though saying it was too early to demonstrate or talk about them.
So, coming back to the four gestures, the MOTOROiD follows the below-given ones for now:
- The Side Stand Up Gesture: Following this command, the motorbike automatically stands in an upright pose and its side stand lifts up on its own.
- The Come Forward Gesture: Through this command, the motorbike starts moving forward towards the direction of its owner.
- The Stop Gesture: Once you hold the palm flat out facing the MOTOROiD, gesturing it to stop, it automatically comes to a halt.
- The Go Back Gesture: Following this one, the motorbike starts going backward slowly and on gesturing it to stop, ceases to be in motion any longer. Pretty cool right?
The entire AI aspect of the Yamaha MOTOROiD is very impressive and exciting for sure. But, if you’re wondering on which power source does this motorbike function, then the answer lies towards the sides or the sub-frame (as Yamaha calls it) of the motorcycle, where powerful cylinder shaped Lithium Ion batteries are fitted on each side. An electric vehicle in and out, the batteries also tend to make up for the counterweight of the motorcycle when it is balancing itself automatically. The overall design of the MOTOROiD is immensely sharp and radical which makes it appear like a machine straight out of a sci-fi movie.
MOTOROiD seems to be the kind of motorbike which gives us a glimpse into what the future looks like for the motorbikes in general and we must say that it looks promising indeed. Yamaha has made it clear that it’s definitely leaning towards involving AI in its concept vehicles for now and it is only the beginning. MOTOROiD still has a long way to go before we are actually going to see it out and about on roads. However, we at Motorbikes India are already excited for what its fully evolved version is going to look like and perform. Speaking of MOTOROiD’s appearance at the Indian Auto Expo 2018, it did manage to justify the tagline that Yamaha goes by – “Revs Your Heart”!
Be sure to check out our video capturing the demonstration of the Yamaha MOTOROiD on our Facebook page!
Wonder what tomorrow could look like for motorbikes? Yamaha might have given us a sneak peek already. :)#AutoExpo2018 #MOTOROiD #Yamaha #ConceptBike
Posted by MotorbikesIndia on Sunday, 11 February 2018
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