Yes, it's January. That doesn't mean we can't talk motorcycles even though there's several feet of snow in my yard just outside of New York City. The Harley (HOG) - Get Report motorcycles and now Ducati (Merry Christmas Anthony Iannuzzi) have all settled down for a long winter's nap in the garage and shed.
But visions of motorcycles keep dancing in my head...
So, it's a good thing there's the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It continues to wow. We've seen everything from holograms to Volopters to AI for gaming and mobility. And whoa, have you seen those concept cars?
But while everyone is flooding your feeds with those things, I want to show you some of the most insane motorcycle reveals. The kind of reveals that make you think the future really is here!
Yamaha MOTOROiD, The Future is Now!
Yamaha's (YAMHF) proof of concept motorcycle called MOTOROiD uses AI technology to sense rider characteristics for autonomous driving. Yes, I said autonomous and motorcycle in the same sentence. The artificial intelligence senses the rider's biometrics, movements, etc., to interact with the rider autonomously at low speeds.
(I'm still trying to wrap my head around this one.)
You can't have autonomous motorcycles without eventually having a robot, can you? Yamaha unveiled the MOTOBOT, a motorcycle-riding robot that combines AI, motorcycle and robotic technologies in the most futuristic way! Yamaha says the MOTOBOT can ride at high speeds on a racetrack, exceeding 124 mph. The technologies behind the concept will help the existing business and pioneer new opportunities as well.
Skully Fenix AR
Skully Technologies, the start-up behind augmented reality and wearable technologies, made its global debut at #CES2018 with the Fenix AR. It's being touted as the most intelligent motorcycle helmet with advanced GPS, voice command, 180-degree blindspot camera, semi-transparent heads-up display, smartphone integration and more. Available this summer for $1899.
Nuviz Smart Helmets
Nuviz offers more riding with fewer devices. I like that. The company made its global debut of the first all-in-one motorcycle Head-Up Display (HUD) with navigation, communication and a camera. Love that. That means less fiddling, fussing, mounts, and cable distractions!
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