LAS VEGAS — Honda has unveiled a well-balanced piece of motorcycle tech designed to help riders stay in the saddle at low speeds.
The Riding Assist concept bike has an adjustable front fork that assumes a wider angle to increase stability and its own motor attached to the front wheel, TechCrunch reported.
As anyone who’s ever tried to maneuver a big bike out of a parking lot at low speed knows, keeping balance at 2 or 3 miles an hour is one of the trickiest aspects of riding.
The bike was revealed earlier this week at tech tradeshow CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Although there’s no plans to bring it to market soon, the concept bike shows how Honda’s investment in robotics can have spin-off benefits for its vehicles.
The technology behind the Riding Assist bike was honed in the development of both Honda’s humanoid Asimo robot and UNI-CUB scooter, according to TechCrunch.
Personal robots like Asimo are likely still a decade away from being ready to be sold to consumers.
However, the legacy technology from the development of Asimo and the UNI-CUB could help bring real improvements to Honda’s vehicles much sooner than that.
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Humans are insane and development will never stop. This counts for everything (technology for war yikes). But personally i dont like al those fancy pancy bikes! Got myself a gsxr-600 and i want nothing else! Gas slurping devil machine gotta love it
Das ist mal echt eine Inovation. Für ätere Leute, die nicht mehr soo die Kraft in den Beinen haben, jedoch noch gerne Motorrad fahren würden, könnte ich mir das System als Unterstützung denken. Auch sehe ich hier enormes Potential, was Gefahrensituationen, sei es ein unerwarteter Wechsel des Straßenbelages oder ein Ausweichmanöver, wo dieses System einschreiten könnte und dadurch einen Unfall vermeiden könnte. Sehr interessant wäre auch die Vorstellung, wenn ein gebrauchtes oder ein Neufahrzeug autonom zu mir nach Hause käme, nachdem ich es gekauft habe. Ideal wäre es auch für Händler, die tagtäglich Ihre Maschinen rangieren müssen. Dies spart Zeit und Kraft. Dieses System ist sicherlich nicht nur ein Konzept, sondern kann durchaus in den nächsten Jahren an Kommerzialisierung gewinnen.
jmcarp98 "Waaaahhhh imah so old school and cool. Diz modern things are shit! I will get rid of my smartphone too! I wanto to comunicate using those old wall telephones and smoke signals waaaah!"
Just buy an old bike and be happy. There are tons for you to choose.
Sometimes we have to break traffic rules to save accidents but these bikes won't let us do anything unusual. so first we are going to see some horrible accidents and then disciplined driving in world. well let's hope good and all the best 👍
tucker brown Freedom for what. To fall to the ground whatever you want while in low speeds? What one thing has to do with another?
"Hurrrr durrr this bike stays up by itself. Now did they ruin symbol of freedom Imah so old school I will get rid of mah smartphone too derp."
Thais doesn't even make sense.
But the BMW cant detect idiot drives who wnat to closeline you on the motoway saftey gear is essential what if a failure happens and he bike doesnt do what its supposed to ? id get it if it had a force firld around it lol
People knocking this feature must have never been stuck riding in stop-and-go traffic on a congested freeway. That shit is fatiguing as fuck. A self-balancing feature at those speeds would be a serious stress-reducer.
Automatic balancing eliminating the need for helmets must be one of the most stupid ideas I've ever heard! LOL
Auto-balancing technologies have not made motorcycle riders immune from being easily crumpled like a can of soda. Helmets are to protect your head === when you're down, regardless of circumstances === NOT worn only because you can't balance a motorcycle!
I could see this auto balance being a good thing. I have 500 lb bike and when the driveway is covered in leaves it can be dicey backing out. Shoe slips on the leaves and down goes the bike. I just hope the tech isn't heavy or buggy and turns off once the bike is up to speed.