Yamaha demonstrates MOTORiD with facial and gesture recognition

November 14, 2017 - 

Yamaha has introduced a new artificial intelligence-powered system for motorcycles enabling facial and gesture recognition, dubbed MOTORiD.

The feature allows the bike to be turned on and off with a gesture, and is designed to provide the feeling of Kando, which translates roughly as a strong feeling of excitement and satisfaction caused by experiencing a thing of very high quality, though customers in the western hemisphere may be reminded of Knight Rider.

“MOTOROiD’s development concept was an ‘Unleashed Prototype,’ and it is capable of recognizing its owner and interacting in other capacities like a living creature,” according to the product website.

The new system’s capabilities, which also included balancing without a kickstand, were demonstrated by Yamaha Motor President and CEO Hiroyuki Yanagi at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, The News Wheel reports.

As reported yesterday, Goode Intelligence forecasts the biometrics market for connected cars will reach $969 million through 2023.

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