Artificial Intelligence is not only limited to cars, devices or gadget. Kawasaki is currently developing AI for motorcycles that will allow future bikes to converse with their riders, and even permit them to manipulate the motorcycle itself with the use of their voice.
Kawasaki is developing a system called "Kanjo Engine" which means "emotion" in English. Even if the system is still in the early stages of development, the motorcycle company's new technology is incepted with the purpose of interpreting human speech, controlling the status of the rider, and becomes a cordial confederate for its rider, The Drive reported.
The project being worked on by Kawasaki rings a bell of Yamaha's concept about motorcycles driven by a robot, which was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015. Regardless of Kawasaki's new AI project and Yamaha's robot-bike, it would be fascinating to witness how the two motorcycle companies will concentrate on incorporating the autonomous driving technology.
The most recent superbikes like Yamaha's R1 have several settings for several features, such as braking, engine maps, wheelie control, and traction control, to name a few.
The technology is being developed in collaboration with Cocoro SB which is a Softbank subsidiary, also a telecom company and the third biggest public company in Japan. Softbank and Aldebaran Robotics worked together to create Pepper, the first-ever robot with the capability of reading human emotions. The human emotion-reading robot is already being marketed in Japan and Europe for business purposes and will be available later this year in North America.
While the AI integration to motorcycles could be considered as science fiction, the "Kanjo Engine" is, in fact, being used in reality. Aside from the communication with its rider, the bike's settings will adjust to the rider's skills and needs with the use of cloud computing and motorcycle's electronics, according to Motorcycle.
With the new technology being installed in motorcycles, there will be less or no more road accidents which involve motorcycles. Upon the rise of autonomous motorcycles, what other advantages will it provide to the riders and other motorists?