In Brief

The self-balancing Motoroid bike can be maneuvered out of a parking space with the wave of a hand

Yamaha‘s Motoroid Concept motorcycle could have easily passed for a vehicle prop from the latest Blade Runner film on appearance alone. We’ll go ahead and call this a particularly good example of futuristic design, because really, look at it. The most remarkable things about the Motoroid concept, though, are the features and technology it possesses.

First, it’s self balancing. We’ve seen some other self-balancing bikes from BMW and Honda before, but the Motoroid has a unique articulated movement that keeps it from falling over. It can also use this movement to ‘park’ itself on its kickstand.

The Motoroid can also move autonomously based on hand gesture commands from a person. The application here would be for short distances, like getting out of a tight parking space. Still, the system of onboard cameras and software worked really well during the demo we saw at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. You can see the Motoroid in action and get a look at the behind the scenes development in this short video:

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Images: Dave Pinter

Yamaha‘s Motoroid Concept motorcycle could have easily passed for a vehicle prop from the latest Blade Runner film on appearance alone. We’ll go ahead and call this a particularly good example of futuristic design, because really, look at it. The most remarkable things about the Motoroid concept, though, are the features and technology it possesses.

First, it’s self balancing. We’ve seen some other self-balancing bikes from BMW and Honda before, but the Motoroid has a unique articulated movement that keeps it from falling over. It can also use this movement to ‘park’ itself on its kickstand.