Yamaha Motor Co. will work on developing new safety technology to reduce motorcycle spills, President Hiroyuki Yanagi has said.

He said the systems may draw on artificial intelligence jointly developed with a U.S. research body that allows humanoid robots to ride motorcycles.

“We want to facilitate driving operations of our motorcycles and reduce the burden on riders to allow them to pay more attention to safety,” Yanagi said.

Yamaha hopes to reverse slumping domestic sales by adopting advanced technologies to reduce motorcycle accidents such as overturns and collisions. Such risks weigh on potential sales.

“We’ll use the expertise we’ve acquired from robots for our motorcycles,” Yanagi said. “We’ll promote the development of technologies to make motorcycle driving easier.”

Although Yamaha has not decided when to put the AI-based technologies into use, the company will consider adopting them in future motorcycle models.

Its top-end 1,000 cubic centimenters YZF-R1 motorcycle, released overseas last year, has advanced technology that regulates its engine, brakes and suspension.


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