Video: Humans might not be the fastest things on 2 wheels for long – Yamaha unveils Motobot, a cocky robot designed to ride superbikes that even calls out Valentino Rossi!
You’re not going to see robots taking over racing leagues any time soon. Instead, Yamaha sees its robotic rider as a testbed for rider safety and support systems, both of which have to work well under punishing conditions. It could also lead to technology that’s useful outside of the motorbike world, for that matter. Think of this as inspiring creative solutions to unusual problems, rather than an explicit attempt to beat flesh-and-bone motorcyclists — any race victories are just icing on the cake.