HONDA’S SELF-BALANCING BIKE
‘It can even ride itself and follow you like an obedient dog’
Meet the bike that won’t fall over. Wel l, probably. Honda’ sel fbalancing concept Moto Riding Assist motorcycle was revealed at the Las Vegas CES tech show last week. It offers a glimpse into the future of two-wheel safety systems.
The bike pilfers technology from the world-famous ASIMO robot and the firm’s UNI-CUB self-balancing mono-wheel scooter – as well as eliminating the need for heavy gyroscopes to keep the bike upright. It’s a massive breakthrough for self-balancing twowheelers and takes the theory of bikes such as the LIT (which uses big gyros) and applies the same functionality with packaging that looks like a completely normal motorcycle. The UNI-CUB – also shown at CES – uses much of the same tech, and allows the seated rider to move in any direction and stop, simply by shifting their bodyweight.
The Moto Riding Assist motorcycle’s system enters its ‘balance mode’ when the bike is moving at below 3mph and will make it easier to keep the bike upright in slow-moving traffic and at a standstill too. You don’t even have to be on the bike for it to remain upright. It can even ride itself and follow you like an obedient dog – watch the video now on motorcyclenews.com and prepare not to believe your eyes.
There’s no word yet as to whether or not this technology will filter down into production motorcycles anytime soon, but it is an interesting concept, and Honda rarely give this much commitment to something they have no intention of using.
Honda’s selfbalancing concept Moto Riding Assist motorbike