1. GrahamD on October 31, 2015 at 1:46 am

    RE YAMAHA motorcycle rider robot Show three.

    I agree about the part of being able to experiment more freely without killing test riders, but there are other things they are after.

    This is being used as test bed to enable safety, engineering enhancements to be built into the bike at a later date. As the robot can go from bike to bike and get feedback and be tested on individual models the results from the robot can be built into the bike as part of more sophisticated safety / refinement options. It can also be moved from bike to bike without re-engineering bikes to test specific things. You also can’t download feedback from a rider and upload it to a computer.

    If a robot successfully navigates terrain (race track, off road, ice etc) you can get access to that information in a form that can be directly added into the ECU (or Chassis control Computer) without any re-interpretation of things like “it’s a bit off”, “the throttle is a bit jerky”, “The bike got a bit unstable and threw me off”. That kind of feedback has to be turned into something useful by programmers trying to figure out what exactly that means and turn it into hard numbers. The robot gives you exact yaw, power, shift times, steering input, oscillations, frequencies, Grip movement angles, rate of twist etc.

    This doesn’t mean that humans will not be part of it, just that they can compare what the human said about the bike to hard numbers from the robot.

    So the parts of the robot will be built into the bike rather than sit on the bike as a robot.

    Like better ABS, clever more predictive DCT that see the road ahead and respond. Your bike may end up with “eyes” for example.to predict obstacles, feedback for the DCT transmission that can see a corner ahead and react before getting there, change characteristics if you are approaching dirt. Predictive steering dampers etc. All this can be downloaded to the systems built into the bike as needed, after the robot has proved them to work. Maybe the robot will also have other sensors to provide information on what would get broken on a human in the event of a crash and enable the better placement or design of “stuff” in front of the rider or beside the rider. If the robot crashes and it was found that a force was applied to the “Leg” that would snap a femur in half then designers can look at what could be done to minimize that. You might say crash bars, but fashions dictate that they are too “ugly” so you have to do it without looking ugly or looking like crash bars maybe. I bet the robot already has the R1M module in it for yaw and lean angle etc.

    Unless a racing category comes along that bans riders, it won’t be a “product” that you can buy for your bike.

    • Kevin on November 2, 2015 at 1:55 am

      Excellent analysis!!! I would like to see this area get enhanced especially in the crash and protection department. As an extension from the robot, being able to recreate the exact same situation from inputs with the sensors to better develop safety gear. It would be nice if we could have jackets and pants that could provide almost a exoskeleton type of protection when needed but still be flexible and comfortable when not. Almost like d3o but on steroids.