The Yamaha Factory made a tribute to Valentino Rossi


The Yamaha Factory has revealed, at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, its new robot, a  motorcycle-rider. The joke here is that he was created to beat Valentino Rossi, but it’s a real tribute.The machine was designed to approach riding “from a human rider’s standpoint — with no modifications made to the motorcycle itself”. Also the manufacturer said that, with more improvements, the final goal of Motobot was “to become capable of competing against Valentino Rossi’s lap times around a racetrack”.

No more jokes, this technology comes to be used, in the future, in the development and testing of new products that includes both the creation of safer and better performing motorbikes and increase the development of new robots. The robotics division of the  factory  is not something new. The research division in this field exists in the company since 1976.

The Yamaha YZF-R1M  is an unmodified bike and this robot can adjust can accelerate and adjust its position on the track in an uncannily human way. The robot react based on the data that comes from the the bike’s internal sensors, including speed, engine RPM and attitude. It has six actuators for  steering, throttle, front brake, rear brake, clutch and gearshift pedal.

Yamaha said that, in the future, it’ll be incorporating additional sensors including high-precision GPS, as well as adding machine learning capabilities to allow Motobot to “make its own decisions regarding the best lines to take around a racetrack and the limits of the motorcycle’s performance, so that it can improve its lap times with successive laps of the track.” The Motobot says he is learning all about the human motorcyclists to be able to beat them in races and also ensures that there are things that only he can do. Perhaps he will challenge Valentino Rossi too!

There are more improves coming, now the MOTOBOT is riding in a straight track, almost at 100km/h and learning how to corner (it’s why the bike has the training wheels), but the team hopes that by 2017 the robot will do racetracks at 200km/h or more. Also, the company wants to create driving technologies that help reduce motorcycle accidents in 2020.


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