Las Vegas, Nevada - With a wave, Kinji Asamura summoned a riderless motorcycle to his side at the Yamaha booth at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.
The concept electric motorcycle, called 'Motoroid,' then balanced in position, holding its place even when Asamura tried gently to push it over. It boasts autonomous features such as balancing on its own, recognising riders, and being summoned with a wave.
Wings on the back of the seat were designed with the help of a psychologist, Yamaha spokesman John Boreland said, to gently squeeze a rider's lower back in a sort of reassuring caress at potentially dangerous high speeds, Boreland said.
Nearby, a robot that might seem suited for a futuristic action film was astride a production model Yamaha superbike that it had ridden at speeds topping 200km/h on a test track.
'Human beings react a hell of a lot quicker'