Kawasaki is Going Full Knightrider With Their New AI Motorcycle

The motorcycle of the future may be rather emotional.

11. 21. 16 by Jess Vilvestre
Image by Kawasaki

Automotive company Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) is developing next-generation motorcycles with an AI controlled-system that not only ensures safer rides, but also develops an emotional connection with the user.

The bikes use a system called the “Emotion Generation Engine and Natural Language Dialogue System”, developed by robotics teams from cocoro SB Corp. The driver can talk to the bike and it will be able to pick up cues on the rider’s emotional state and intents. In their press release, Kawasaki said that this “will open the door to a new world of unprecedented riding experiences.”

Kawasaki’s proposed motorcycle AI voice assistant (Credit: Kawasaki)

Through repeated use and communication with the motorbike, the AI will develop a personality of its own that will match the user’s individuality. In high-stress or dangerous situations, this type of relationship with the vehicle could improve safety by reassuring the driver.

It’s not a new concept to have gadgets and robots that we humans can be able to befriend and trust. Today, we’re already so reliant on our gadgets, they might as well have their own personality. Maybe soon, your motorbike or car could be as good a friend to you as JARVIS was to Tony Stark.


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