IWATA, January 7, 2016 - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that
the Company's humanoid riding robot - Motobot- has moved into its second phase of
development, and that the current partnership in joint development with SRI International
(hereafter SRI) is set to continue.
Presentations on the Motobot headed by Yamaha Motor and SRI representatives are
scheduled to take place on January 8 (local time) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -
the global consumer electronics and technology tradeshow being held in Las Vegas, where in
recent years, fields such as autonomous driving and robotics have been featured.
Being an automated humanoid robot able to ride a non-modified motorcycle, the Motobot
became a hot topic of conversation when it was exhibited at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show in
2015. The objective is for a riding performance of over 200km/hr. on a riding circuit by 2017.
In succession from phase one - phase two further develops the platform technology toward
actual circuit riding. Furthermore, the sophisticated technologies acquired in achieving the
high objectives detailed here are also intended to be applied to advanced technologies and
rider support systems in the future, as well as other options that may segue into new
The development of the Motobot is progressing as an open innovation model project with SRI
as one of the world’s leading research and technology development facilities positioned as a
very suitable partner in tackling the very unique and tough challenges involved with this
Yamaha Motor (TOKYO: 7272) is a world-leading producer of motorcycles, marine products, power products and surface mounters. The company’s diverse business and wide variety of products are built around its proprietary technologies focused on small engines, fiberglass-reinforced plastics and electronic control. Yamaha Motor conducts global development, production and marketing operations through 140 subsidiaries and equity-method affiliates in 30 countries. About 90% of consolidated net sales are generated in more than 200 countries outside of Japan. The company is steadily restructuring its global engineering, manufacturing and marketing capabilities for sustainable long-term growth. Please visit http://global.yamaha-motor.com.