The Kawasaki ibex used a series of sensors and cameras to detect its surroundings.
When it comes to high-end performance motorcycles, Kawasaki has its own place. Now, the Japanese two-wheeler specialty has developed what is not just a motorcycle but a unique moving machine – the ibex robot. The company unveiled its robotic wild goat at the iREX robotics trade show in Japan last week.
A video of the ibex robot has surfaced online showing it is actually capable of carrying an adult human. Kawasaki claims that the robot goat was built by a team of its engineers, who have been working on a humanoid robot platform called Kaleido since 2015. However, instead of a bipedal robot, they have developed one. a four-legged one.
As Masayuki Soube, head of development at RHP, Kawasaki, said, the robotic wild goat comes as an opportunity between humanoid robots and wheeled robots. Soube also says that the company will implement the walking technology used in the ibex robot into its upcoming robotic humanoid.
Kawasaki claims that the robotic wild goat can weigh up to 100 kg and its body can be better shaped to match what is transported. The robot is equipped with a camera that can help it detect the road ahead. Interestingly, Kawasaki isn’t the first automaker to get into robotics. Ford The Motor Company has also developed a robotic dog that it uses in the automaker’s factory. The technology is being used by car manufacturers to build robots that could be useful for their future mission of building vehicles, especially for self-driving vehicles or self-balancing technology. For motorcycles.
Date of first publication: March 16, 2022, 02:06 PM IST