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Honda Ride Assist Is a Self-Balancing Concept Motorcycle Showcased at CES 2017
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Honda Ride Assist Is a Self-Balancing Concept Motorcycle Showcased at CES 2017

The Japanese engineers have always worked together to showcase their products as the pinnacle of automobile engineering and the company that stands as a proof for this is Honda. The world is really stunned by Honda by bringing a self-balancing and self-riding motorcycle. The new self-balancing bike was unveiled by Honda at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2017). It is a modified version of the NC750S self-balancing unicycles to keep itself straight and upright.

This bike makes use of the Ride Assist technology where it does not require any assistance of the rider to stay upright. This motorcycle not only maintains the balance but it is also capable of riding on its own. Honda has succeeded to create a bike that can balance and stay upright on its own due to its robotics expertise. It is developed by the technology called UNI-CUB mobility at its Silicon Valley R&D center. This technology enables the bike to stand firmly without any mechanical support or any human.

In order to provide a better stability, the angles of the front forks are adjusted to improve the center of gravity. Though the bike stands upright by itself but the rider needs to stay still for it. The rider can also have the control of the bike by choosing the regular mode against the Balance mode. While shifting between the modes, the front wheel of the bike is extended away from the body to provide a better stability. The stability of the bike is increased by the adjusted angle and it is balanced by a motor attached to the front wheel.

There is a separate motor beneath the headlight that makes use of the lowest velocity to extend the rake angle. This makes it simpler for the bike to maintain stability at sluggish speeds. To keep the bike perfectly balanced, the system uses minute steering inputs. It does not make use of any other mass-shifting devices or heavy gyroscopes. There are separate motors on the form and handlebar that lock together which enables the rider to have a full control on the bike at speeds above three miles an hour. To maintain the balance at lower speeds, both the motors are perfectly synchronized that gives the control to the biker if required.

Honda grabbed a lot of eyeballs at CES 2017 for its new technology self-balancing bike. But the dates to see this technology to the consumer market is not yet announced, we hope to see it implemented really soon!

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