July 23rd, 2009

ronin

I, for one, will attempt to tip over our new two-wheeled enslavers.




Castrol’s built a robotic motorcyclist that looks like it is here to kill (or save) John Connor. Its true purpose is more mundane: testing synthetic motor oil.

Castrol calls her Flossie and says she can throw her automaton leg over anything on two wheels. The company claims Flossie has the ability to “learn” the optimal way to use the clutch and throttle and run through the gears. Flossie’s mission is to provide a constant during testing. Unlike mere humans, our robotic overlords can replicate a procedure over and over and over again without fatigue, complaint or bathroom breaks.


http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/07/motorcycle-test-rider/