Kawasaki To Build Sensitive, Speaking Motorcycles

If Kawasaki is successful, riders will not only talk to their motorcycles but those same bikes will know they’re feeling.

The technological goals came from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) who are moving forward with plans to develop next-generation motorcycles which will feature what’s being described as a ‘personality [that] can grow along with the rider’.

To achieve this, Kawasaki references a bunch of technical acronyms such as ICT, which stands for Information and Communications Technology as well as AI, Artificial Intelligence.

The motorcycles being developed use the ‘Emotion Generation Engine and Natural Language Dialogue System’. From the words spoken by the rider, Kawasaki promises this AI-controlled system will be able to pick up on the rider’s intent and emotional state. This will be achieved using artificial intelligence that enables man and machine to communicate by imbuing the machine with lifelike feelings and technology capable of recognizing emotion by the sound of the speaker’s voice.

This technical platform is currently being developed by cocoro SB Corp., a member of the SoftBank Group and will enable rider and motorcycle to communicate and ‘share an understanding of purpose will open the door to a new world of unprecedented riding experiences’, according to Kawasaki.

Forget about riding modes, if the Japanese manufacturer has its way, the motorcycle will be able to advise the biker how to enjoy the rider better!

This will be done by accessing Kawasaki’s bank of analytical chassis and running data stored on a cloud-based data center or referencing the vast amount of information available on the Internet, the system will be able to offer the rider pertinent hints for enhanced riding enjoyment, or relay safety-related or reassuring advice as the situation dictates.

Through advanced electronic management technology, having the system update machine settings based on the rider’s experience, skill and riding style will also be possible. As this repeated interaction continues between the rider and motorcycle, Kawasaki thinks the bike will develop a unique personality reflecting the individual idiosyncrasies of the rider.

‘With mutual trust established, both rider and motorcycle will be able to improve and grow, offering an all-new kind of enjoyment’ notes Kawasaki.

Kawasaki’s technology push comes from an idea that’s as old as the motorcycle past time itself. The manufacturer’s focus is a product of what’s being termed ‘RIDEOLOGY’, a belief  that motorcycles are more than simple tools for getting from one place to another; they should be fun and rewarding for the rider to control.

To take this idea to the next level, Kawasaki feels having AI that grows and enjoys individual personalities is what’s needed to bring the ultimate riding experience.

Imagine, all this time riders have talked to their motorcycle, if Kawasaki is successful, they’ll actually talk back.

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