Honda unveils self-balancing motorcycle to keep riders in the saddle

Honda’s Riding Assist concept motorcycle has an adjustable front fork that assumes a wider angle to increase stability and help riders maintain balance at tricky low speeds.

    2017/01/06

NSFW    LAS VEGAS — Honda has unveiled a well-balanced piece of motorcycle tech designed to help riders stay in the saddle at low speeds.

The Riding Assist concept bike has an adjustable front fork that assumes a wider angle to increase stability and its own motor attached to the front wheel, TechCrunch reported.

As anyone who’s ever tried to maneuver a big bike out of a parking lot at low speed knows, keeping balance at 2 or 3 miles an hour is one of the trickiest aspects of riding.

The bike was revealed earlier this week at tech tradeshow CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Although there’s no plans to bring it to market soon, the concept bike shows how Honda’s investment in robotics can have spin-off benefits for its vehicles.

The technology behind the Riding Assist bike was honed in the development of both Honda’s humanoid Asimo robot and UNI-CUB scooter, according to TechCrunch.

Personal robots like Asimo are likely still a decade away from being ready to be sold to consumers.

However, the legacy technology from the development of Asimo and the UNI-CUB could help bring real improvements to Honda’s vehicles much sooner than that.
Look! No hands! HONDA / YOUTUBE
Look! No hands! HONDA / YOUTUBE
The bike was revealed earlier this week at tech tradeshow CES 2017 in Las Vegas. HONDA / YOUTUBE
The bike was revealed earlier this week at tech tradeshow CES 2017 in Las Vegas. HONDA / YOUTUBE
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