Honda has unveiled the Riding Assist concept, a self-balancing, semi-autonomous motorcycle at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Honda Riding Assist Concept utilises Honda's robotics tech used in the Asimo robot and UNI-CUB self-balancing personal mobility device to help the motorcycle maintain balance at rest or when it is moving at slow speeds.
Steering at low speeds (under 3mph or 4.82km/h) is controlled with the help of a small motor which makes steering adjustments to keep itself balanced.
A separate motor which is controlled by a device that sits under the headlight extends the rake angle of the motorcycle at low speed or while stationary which makes it easier for the bike to balance on its own.
The Honda Riding Assist also includes a self-driving mode that can make a motorcycle move on its own thanks to a third electric motor that is situated in the front wheel's hub.
Honda claims that the self-balancing technology can theoretically be fitted onto any of its motorcyclesthe Riding Assist technology is contained entirely in the front end of the motorcycle.
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