Perhaps no motorsports series is as dangerous as MotoGP. Riders zig-zag around the track at blinding speed, often dragging their knees as they shriek around tight corners.
But Valentino Rossi, one of the most celebrated bike racers on the circuit, has been handed a challenge. It may not happen this year, or even the next, but Motobot has promised to beat the nine-time MotoGP champ.
That’s all the more impressive when you realize Motobot is an “autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot” developed by Yamaha. Introduced at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, it looks a fair bit like a Star Wars Storm Trooper done up in a menacing blue. (more…)