During CES 2017, Honda unveiled a self-driving/self-balancing motorcycle based on its Uni-Cub technology. This motorcycle is designed to balance itself while being ridden by a rider even at a low speed, also it was customized to balance itself even when there is no rider on it and features self driving capabilities.
Honda spokesperson Marie Sage said the bike can also be equipped with self-driving features which could allow drivers get off the bike curbside and walk away while it finds its own parking spot.
The bike does not make use of traditional gyroscopes for balancing, instead it was designed to automatically adjust and lower the front fork angling especially when moving at lower speeds. Also it is capable of moving between regular riding mode to balancing mode. According to Honda, The bike makes use of “robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest”
For now it is unclear if Honda plans to launch a production line for the prototype.
Since our founding, Honda has focused on creating technologies that help people, our goal is to showcase a future technology path that results in a redefined mobility experience
Honda says it envisions a future where vehicles will communicate with each other and infrastructure to mitigate traffic congestion and eliminate traffic fatalities. ‘Vehicles will create new value by autonomously providing services when not in use by their owners,’ it said.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment.
Honda has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. Honda was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, Nissan, and PSA Peugeot Citroën in 2011.
Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to release a dedicated luxury brand, Acura, in 1986. Honda also manufactures garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft and power generators, and other products. Since 1986, Honda has been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and released their ASIMO robot in 2000.