BMW LINK: this ain’t your grandma’s scooter

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Is it a cool scooter or a small motorcycle? The new BMW Motorrad Concept, LINK, is designed to be a cross between. By making this motorcycle smaller it is designed to navigate congested city streets like a scooter. The electric drive allows for a lower seat, so you don’t have that driving-on-a-bar-stool posture typical of gas-fed scooters. In addition it has:

  • A reverse gear, to aid in parking and other scenarios
  • Under-seat storage for that funky headgear you insisted on getting
  • Cut-away display for the cool built-in, on-board tech

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Riding Assist Gives Honda Motorcycles Balance

Honda’s displayed its concept Riding Assist motorcycle model at CES, today. It can help motorcycles maintain balance while traveling at low speed, something particularly tricky for even experienced drivers.  These motorcycles will leverage Honda’s Asimo Articulated Movement Intelligence, the same programming that makes a bot walk, dance,  kick; even strut like Tony Manero.

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For more on this concept bike and  Asimo click here for the TechCrunch post.

 

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Row, Row, Robo-Boat: Amsterdam’s Self-Driving Boats

“I want to go to there.”

The self-driving movement is coming to Amsterdam’s canals. Researchers are planning to launch “roboats” to traverse the Dutch capital’s canals next year, part of a five-year project to test the self-driving vessels’ ability to transport people and goods in a city whose area is about one-quarter water.

For more, follow this link to Quartz article.