Yamaha unveils futuristic self-balancing Motoroid2 concept motorcycle

Motoroid2 (cycleworld.com)

Yamaha’s Motoroid2 concept motorcycle showcases self-balancing technology, face recognition, and gesture control, setting the stage for the Japan Mobility Show.

Yamaha is set to make waves at the Japan Mobility Show with its futuristic Motoroid2 concept motorcycle. This advanced electric bike features self-balancing technology and introduces cutting-edge elements such as face recognition and gesture control. Yamaha’s Motoroid2, which was unveiled ahead of the event, demonstrates the brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of motorcycle technology.

The Motoroid2 is the successor to the original MOTOROiD, unveiled in 2017, which introduced self-riding technology and envisioned a future electric superbike. The Motoroid2 retains the self-balancing capabilities of its predecessor while adding a host of new features. These include face recognition, allowing the bike to identify its rider, gesture control, and an enhanced version of the AMCES (Active Mass Center Control System) to maintain balance even without a rider on board.

One of the most captivating features of the Motoroid2 is its ability to lift itself off the sidestand and follow its owner at a walking pace. Yamaha has incorporated a “Leaf structure,” allowing the machine to react to interactions in a manner reminiscent of a sci-fi robot.

While these features may seem like science fiction, Yamaha’s self-riding technology is already making its way into production bikes. Earlier this year, the company revealed the Advanced Motorcycle Stabilization Assist System (AMSAS), which adds an electric motor to the front wheel and a steering servo, enabling limited self-riding and self-balancing capabilities. Yamaha’s pursuit of safety and technological advancement aims to eliminate motorcycle fatalities by 2050.

In addition to the Motoroid2, Yamaha will showcase other concepts at the Japan Mobility Show. The Elove is an electric scooter equipped with AMSAS technology, designed to cater to inexperienced riders or individuals with physical disabilities. The TMW, developed as an after-hours project by Yamaha’s Motorcycle Testing Division, is a three-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle using the “LMW” (leaning multi-wheel) system from the Niken and Tricity models. Finally, the E-FV is an electric mini racebike based on the TY-E electric trials bike and boasts a built-in sound system to mimic the exhaust notes of traditional internal combustion engine motorcycles.

Yamaha’s innovations continue to push the boundaries of motorcycle technology, promising exciting developments for the future.