Yamaha’s motorcycle-riding robot wants to be faster than humans

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Japanese motorcycle giant Yamaha created a robot that is learning how to copy a motorsports champion.At the Tokyo Motor Show on Wednesday, the company revealed Motobot, its autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot, which can to ride an unmodified motorcycle.Yamaha wants Motobot to ride faster than 200 km/h (124 mph) on a racetrack, but the company did not disclose the robot’s top speed when announcing its new creation. Mashable has reached out to Yamaha for clarification.SEE ALSO: Yamaha just unveiled a sports car in Tokyo. We’re intrigued.”The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy,” Yamaha said in a statement. Motobot is also part of Yamaha’s research efforts toward better rider safety, it said.In the promotional video above, the robot issues a challenge to Italian world champion Valentino Rossi. As a childhood picture of Rossi comes on screen, the robot, using a digitized boy’s voice, says: “I am improving my skills everyday, but I’m not sure if I can even beat the five-year-old you.”Motobot makes it clear that it’s gaining on Rossi — and the rest of humankind: “I am not human but there has to be something only I am capable of. I am Motobot. I was created to surpass you.”

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