The Japanese tech group moves to bring automated motorbikes with help of Silicon Valley know-how.

Definitely cars, probably trucks:  the current discussion on automated and intelligent mobility takes for granted that we are talking about four-wheelers. However, Japanese tech giant Yamaha has other plans. According to a Financial Times article, the corporation sets about developing self-driving motorbikes.

Don’t get too excited too quickly though: the actual development of safe automated motorcycle technology could take some time yet. According to Yamaha’s chief executive Hiroyuki Yanagi, it may take at least one decade to have the equivalent of automated car technology ready for two-wheelers on a commercial basis.

However, this does not appear to deter the world’s second-largest maker of motorcycles. It is starting with investments of up to USD 20 million in Silicon Valley companies to watch out for and hone autonomous driving technologies. Besides, Yamaha set up its own research firm in California last year. Just recently, the producer of motorbikes, quads and boats invested USD 2 million in U.S. upstart Veniam to avail of its self-driving vehicle expertise.

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