When the throttle is twisted and the motorcycling is moving, balancing a bike doesn’t usually pose much of a problem. Yes, at slower speeds, you’ll feel a need to balance where the weight of the motorcycle because more of an issue. Hence slow speed control essential. But Honda’s new Ride Assist technology will keep your motorcycle upright even when it’s stationary. In fact this technology will keep your stationary motorcycle upright even when you’re not on it. Riding Assist could mean the end of accidents while riding at slow speeds; something many experienced motorcycle riders struggle with.
Honda Riding Assist Self Balancing Motorcycle technology features mechanics from its UNI-CUB self-stabilizing personal mobility device rather than using heavy gyroscopes for balance. The concept bike was revealed at CES in Las Vegas, where company officials said the prototype could someday transform the motorcycle-riding experience. “Since our founding, Honda has focused on creating technologies that help people,” said Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, President & CEO of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. “Our goal is to showcase a future technology path that results in a redefined mobility experience.”
Honda Riding Assist Self Balancing Motorcycle Defies Gravity
The Honda Riding Assist Self Balancing Motorcycle technology, leverages Honda’s robotics technology to create a self-balancing motorcycle that greatly reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is at rest. Rather than relying on gyroscopes, which add a great deal of weight and alter the riding experience as announced by other companies, the Honda Moto Riding Assist incorporates technology is based on and adapted from technology the company is already using in its ASIMO robot and UNI-CUB personal mobility device.
When the Honda motorcycle is moving less than three miles per hour, or is standing completely still, it’s able to enter “balance mode” which sees the bike’s metal forks extend the front wheel away from the main body of the vehicle to provide greater stability.
The technology unfastens the handlebars from the motorcycle’s front forks at speeds beneath 3 mph, when heavy bikes are much more difficult to steady, even for proficient riders. A computer takes command of the front wheel as the bike then determines weight distribution and counteracts to prevent a crash. It also reduces the angle of the front fork to improve overall stability.
Stays Upright On Its Own
Popular Science reports that the concept bike can even move on its own, potentially following its owner “like an obedient puppy,” due to an electric motor in the front wheel hub.
Honda motorcycle division’s Lee Edmunds states that, as most motorcycle riders can handle their bikes well, this particular model would be for those who want to relax a little bit and not stress out about falling over, if the bike is heavier or if they’re older or a little shorter in stature. ”This takes away that anxiety.”
Honda haven’t said when the tech will become available. It is a concept but as we know, these concepts generally make it to the street.