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Kawasaki developing AI motorcycle

Tue 30 Aug 2016

Kawasaki AI

Kawasaki has announced the development of an artificially intelligent engine that will be installed into its motorcycle systems. The Kanjo Engine, or Emotion Engine, will allow riders to communicate with their vehicles through normal speech.

Using information and communication technologies, including AI, Kawasaki has announced the development of the next generation of motorcycle that can grow along with the rider. Working with SoftBank Group’s cocoro SB Corporation, Kawasaki is making [Japanese] an ‘emotion engine and natural language dialogue system’ that will understand driver communications, make appropriate inferences regarding skill and experience, and adjust attributes of the vehicle accordingly.

The purpose of the Kanjo Engine is to understand, through an ongoing conversation, the motorcycle rider’s skill level, experience, and riding style. The engine, in return, will make suggestions to the rider for a ‘safe, enjoyable’ riding experience, incorporating input from existing devices including GPS systems, traffic notifications, and more.

At the same time, the Kanjo Engine will constantly adjust the ride to accommodate the skill level and preferences of the vehicle operator. While specific aspects of the systems controlled by AI have not yet been outlined by Kawasaki, it is likely that the Kanjo Engine would manage power output, vehicle response, and suspension settings, all of which vary from one motorcycle to another, and all of which can be changed based on the rider.

One of the main advantages of a system that can control the motorcycle settings based on the skill level of the rider is that new riders will not be confined to purchasing a beginner, low-level or used model. With a learning system in place, a rider can purchase a more advanced model, and the motorcycle can downgrade itself to a learning vehicle, then grow along with the rider as their skill level advances.

Kawasaki has made progress updating motorcycle technology this month. On August 17, it patented a regenerative braking system using a dual-battery electric motor powered bike. And just last week plans were leaked that showed an innovative cooling system believed to allow a fully electric motorcycle to achieve the same power output as a small truck, or large all-terrain vehicle.

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