Included in the ‘Intelligent Driver-Assistive Technology’ was a motorcycle created to demonstrate their self-balancing rider-assistive technology – and it’s been making more than a few headlines with the video released yesterday.
The ‘Experimental Safety Vehicle (ESV)’ – shown at 11:20 of the above video – appears for all intensive purposes to be just that; an experimental bike created to showcase the new technology Honda’s been tinkering with.
TheNextWeb reminds us that Honda’s shown us self-balancing properties in a bike before. Originally shown back in 2017, Honda’s first self-balancing beastie looked a wee bit more similar to the current lineup of CB models currently available on the Honda showroom floor.
In this most recent experiment (we can’t call it a prototype unless we know for sure that the bike is being created for eventual production), the back wheel now swings to adjust the angle of the rider and machine, rendering steering easier and more traditional to what we’re used to.
We’ve yet to see the ESV go faster than single-digit speeds (you’ll see tests on slow riding and figure-eights, etc.), but with most motorcyclists dropping their bikes due to slow speeds and sharp turns, Honda seems to be bang-on when it comes to supplying a demand for safety in this particular niche.