During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, Honda has showcased its self-balancing motorcycle, and it calls it as ‘Riding Assist‘ technology. This Honda Riding Assist mainly uses the technology which allows the motorcycle to balance itself in the slow speeds without the user of the gyroscopes.
This is achieved mostly by ranking out the motorcycle’s front forks and then moving the front wheel back and forth, just similar to the cyclists do while balancing themselves at the extremely slow speeds. Most of the self-balancing technology uses the gyroscopes, but its adds a lot of weight which could restrict the motorcycle’s ability to manoeuvre.
Instead, now the Honda Riding Assist motorcycle forces the company’s Robotics technology. When engaged, the system increases the fork angle of the front suspension, and it is lengthening the bike’s wheelbase and front forks from the handlebars get disconnected.
Minute steering inputs are used by the system for keeping the bike balanced perfectly, without the user of the heavy gyroscopes or other mass-shifting devices. In fact, this concept bike Honda has showcased at the CES event, and it can even silently follow its owner itself. It also shows that there is the space for the autonomous technology as well.
This is not the very first time to bring forward such self-balancing technology to reveal this concept in motorcycles. Earlier in the month of October 2016, BMW has unveiled their self-balancing Vision Next 100 Concept bike. Heading to terms of styling, unlike the BMW’s futuristic concept, Honda’s Riding Assist motorcycle is more similar to the present trend. The concept bike which is showcased at CES is much similar to the company’s production bikes.
Honda has not revealed any plans regarding put the Riding Assist in the current models. This technology will not only make the things simpler for new riders, but it also helps for the riders in manoeuvring the heavy bikes like Honda Goldwing at lower speeds.