According to Kawasaki, the system will be able to analyze the rider's intentions and emotional state based on the words they speak.
Kawasaki is set to start developing new motorcycles with onboard artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The firm aims to develop machines that becomes one with their rider, capable of growing and evolving in step with each other in all situations.
As yet, the project is only in its early stages, and the Japanese manufacturer remains vague in its presentation of the concept, merely stating that several technologies will work together to deliver results. These technologies include an Emotion Generation Engine linked to a Natural Language Dialogue System.
According to Kawasaki, the system will be able to analyze the rider's intentions and emotional state based on the words they speak. This will enable the rider and the motorcycle to communicate, interact and share understanding, in the aim of boosting safety and rider comfort. This could involve flagging up technical problems on the bike or improving performances.
The system will also be web-connected for continuous access to Kawasaki's bank of analytical chassis and running data, stored in a cloud-based data center, or for access to reference data on the internet. This will allow the system to give riders coherent answers to their questions, while improving overall enjoyment and riding experience. Over time, this two-way communication will help the motorcycle develop a unique "personality" linked to the behavior and habits of the rider. Kawasaki hopes the new system will enhance the riding experience with a bike that adapts naturally and automatically to riding styles.
Kawasaki's upcoming motorcycles using this onboard AI technology will be branded "Rideology," the name given to the firm's rider-centric development philosophy. The manufacturer aims to deliver products that offer both power and subtlety, which are fun to ride and rewarding to control.
The next step for motorcycle technology could be self-driving bikes. At the 2015 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, Yamaha presented a prototype ("MotoBot Ver. 1") capable of reaching 100km/h (62mph) on its own, when driving in a straight line.