STANDING MOTORCYCLE: GET TO KNOW THE HONDA RIDING ASSIST 2.0



In January 2017, Honda took advantage of the largest technology fair in the world to show the prototype of a motorcycle that stands on its own. It drew a lot of attention because the bike appeared alone, without a rider, balancing itself. The concept even had a “follow me” function, which literally made the bike follow a person after pressing a button, like a pet. It is basically the same concept as autonomous cars or with systems capable of parking by themselves or returning to the driver, also by themselves. In the case of motorcycles it is even more interesting, because obviously, it needs to be able to balance itself. In that first concept, the bike was able to ride at a very low speed of around 5 km/h, but more importantly, it was able to balance when stopped. At the end of 2017, Honda showed another concept at the Tokyo Motor Show using the same technology, but using the prototype of an electric motorcycle. Called the Honda Riding Assist-e, the experimental motorcycle also had unique balance control technology, which Honda says was developed through its research with humanoid robots. The Japanese brand explained that the motorcycle automatically balances itself using an assistance mechanism derived from robotic technology, for ultra-low speed situations that require the rider’s attention for balance, such as traffic jams or starting and stopping. Riding Assist-e, as the final E in the name indicates, was powered by an electric motor and is in the plans for the brand that are part of Honda’s 2030 vision of “enjoying freedom of mobility” and “a carbon-free society”. . After 5 years since its first version, Honda now reveals the new generation of its project, the Riding Assist 2.0. To show in practice that it really evolved, Honda used the NM4 Vultus model, a much larger motorcycle with a futuristic footprint that was even used by Scarlet Johansen in the movie The Watcher of Tomorrow: Ghost in the Shell. Riding Assist 2.0 uses an independent swingarm system (strategically unspecified) to balance the bike at low speeds or when stationary. Looking back, the 2017 first-gen Riding Assist system was shown on an NC 750S, which made a lot of sense as it showed the front fork angle modulation well to achieve low-speed balance. The NM4 Vultus, used now, is a bigger and heavier bike. Strategically, it also has a design that shows how this independent swingarm works. In the video released by Honda, we see a rider sitting comfortably on the bike, without using hands to maintain balance or feet for support. There’s nothing on either side, no support whatsoever. Honda also shows the evolution of the system while riding the bike, albeit at low speed, but showing complicated maneuvers at low speeds without using the brakes, as if doing the number eight, for example. In all low-speed and almost no-speed maneuvers, the bike never seems to be in danger of tipping over in either direction. When it is completely still, it remains completely stable. The rider can easily and confidently assemble and disassemble at will. Honda did not elaborate on potential settings that would allow a rider to turn this system on or off. For new riders, riders with disabilities and others who may have difficulty balancing, a system like this can be a useful way to get them on two wheels. Adaptability to the rider’s skill levels and circumstances seems to be key to any successful implementation on a production bike. Another point that was not even mentioned by Honda: would this system be the embryo of an autonomous motorcycle? In a perfect scenario, as in cars, it would not need human intervention to be driven. Just go up and go. #RIDINGASSIST #HONDA #MOTOQUENAOCAI Also follow us daily at: Website: https://motor1.uol.com.br
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16 thoughts on “STANDING MOTORCYCLE: GET TO KNOW THE HONDA RIDING ASSIST 2.0”

  1. Meeeeeeeu que incrível 🤩🤩
    Eu imagino o quão incrível deve ser essa tecnologia e a distribuição de peso perfeita para que consiga fazer isso 🤔
    Eu adorarei assisti tudo sobre ela algum dia para entender essa obra da engenharia 🤩

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  2. Meu, parece que tem um imã nas rodas para manter em pé e quando conduz o veículo e virá de um lado para outro, não cai……parabéns a Honda que vem investindo muito não só pelo lado conforto como tbm na segurança dos motociclistas

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  3. A questão não é se você sabe ou não se equilibrar, tudo que possui apenas dois pontos de apoio uma hora cai, esse sistema evitaria o inevitável.

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  4. Um bom projeto, eu já fico parado sem tecnologia, por alguns momentos imaginem com esse tecnologia, gostei muito obrigado mesmo, parabéns!

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