Remember the MotoBot, the autonomous motorcycle-riding robot? Yamaha continues to work on MotoBot, to the point where the robot can now ride an YZF-R1M on a race track. That certainly impressed MotoGP star Valentino Rossi who recently checked in with Yamaha’s engineers to see MotoBot in action.
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From this video, we can see some progression for MotoBot. In a previous video, we saw the robot riding on open surfaces and now we see it tackling turns on a track. The next step is to make the outriggers retractable so the Motobot could take greater lean angles. Yamaha says it hopes to have MotoBot racing around tracks at speeds of up to 200 kph (124 mph) by 2017.
Yamaha had previously said its goal is for MotoBot to eventually come close to matching Rossi on the track. Some of it was probably showmanship but Rossi’s body language and facial expression suddenly become defensive when the Yamaha engineer mentioned MotoBot challenging him. It’ll be interesting to see how MotoBot continues to develop.