Yamaha wants its robot to beat a very accomplished rider, and while it hasn't happened yet, it's slowly getting there.
Motobot is a robot designed to operate a standard motorcycle autonomously.
The bike itself has not been modified whatsoever.
The robot atop the bike has six actuators for manipulating the six things necessary for riding.
Those six things are the steering, throttle, front brake, rear brake, clutch and gearshift pedal.
The hope is that this robot can be adapted in the future to ride personal watercraft and snowmobiles, as well.
Motobot has been in development since 2015.
The goal this year was to hit 200 kph on a straight piece of track and beat a professional rider at his own game.
The first part was achieved easily enough.
The second part, not so much. The bike was about 30 seconds off Valentino Rossi's lap.
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