So, what does you do when you invent and build a motocycle-riding robot? Apparently, you challenge Valentino Rossi, one of the greatest living motorcycle racers, as it turns out. Yamaha teased the world back at the ’15 Tokyo Motor Show with its MOTOBOT autonomous bike pilot. As epic as that sounds, it’s been a journey of baby steps thus far. First, all the BOT had to do was to do 60 mph in a straight line, negotiate a slalom and learn to take some corners. The engineers have been hard at work in the interim, and while it’s unclear if the BOT has become self-aware yet (Skynet anyone?), it clearly has become self-confident with its whole “I am MOTOBOT. I was created to surpass you” monologue. Yeah, there are plenty of autonomous bikes/boats/cars/et cetera out there right now, but therein lies a major difference; while others are modifying vehicles with robotics, the MOTOBOT seeks to interface with an unmodified R1M using the same controls a human would. OK sure, the actual bike has crash bars and training wheels so it isn’t absolutely unmodified, but it’s close enough.