What's The Best Use For A Robot Driver?

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Yamaha is working on a robot motorcyclist that they hope will be able to beat racing legend Valentio Rossi around the track someday. But what human would want to hand over controls on a closed course with no speed limit? Surely, there are situations better suited to making a robot do the driving.


The obvious number one answer has got to be your morning commute to work. Whether you’ve got an office or outdoor job, millions of us have to drag our sleepy butts into a driver’s seat and sit in traffic from the suburbs to the city every morning.

Is this kind of the same idea as an autonomous car? Nope, because with a robot behind the wheel, you could use the HOV lane suckers!


I’m already imagining more situations where a robot driver would be better than you or an autonomous car, but we want to hear your ideas now.

Image via Yamaha

Contact the author at andrew@jalopnik.com.

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Two words: Designated Driver.