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Honda’s Riding Assist-e is our self-balancing, electric future

Japanese manufacturer hints at wobble-free future for the Tokyo Motor Show.

It’s the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 next month and Honda have pre-announced their concept models for the main event. Alongside their Urban EV Concept showcased at Frankfurt earlier this month, there are other four-wheeled concepts on show – such as the previously announced NeuV and a new Sports EV concept which is likley to have the four-wheeled fans amongst us excited.

But for two-wheeled followers, the future is looking decidedly more radical.

The Honda Riding Assist-e has been developed around Honda’s balance control technology that they previously showcased rather effectively at CES earlier this year. It’s a technology developed through its humanoid robot research so we owe quite a debt of thanks to the cute, robot overlord that is Asimo.

According to the company’s press release the Honda Riding Assist-e motorcycle automatically balances itself at very low speeds, which is said to make riding easier, and more fun.

With electric motorcycles taking a rapid pace, and electronic communication becoming more and more part of our vehicle’s futures, this hint towards a self-balancing model may just be a concept for now, but it can’t be long before technology such as this makes its way to production machines.

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