Yamaha MOTOROiD Concept
In order to create new experiences of Kando,* this experimental proof-of-concept model employs artificial intelligence and explores creating new forms of personal mobility in which the rider resonates harmoniously with the machine. MOTOROiD’s development concept was an “Unleashed Prototype,” and it is capable of recognizing its owner and interacting in other capacities like a living creature. By undertaking these kinds of development challenges, Yamaha is aiming to acquire technology for creating new value for our customers.
Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value.
“The motor bike is the recent past, and the Motoroid is the future,” Yamaha spokesman John Boreland said
“The object is to see what lessons can be learned to connect machine to human more effectively.”
The bike relies on pre-programmed routes to navigate itself. As much as it has a soul, it does not have a mind on its own to travel wherever it wants to go. Besides balancing on its own, the Motoroid has the ability to recognize riders and be summoned with a wave.
“Wings on the back of the seat were designed with the help of a psychologist to gently squeeze a rider’s lower back in a sort of reassuring caress at potentially perilous high speeds” Boreland said.
“Somewhere along the line, this will all meld together so you’ll be part of the bike and it will figure things out for you,” Boreland added.
- weight 213kg