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The development of a robot created to compete with human motorbike racing times has implications beyond the track.
Some day soon, that rider who just passed you on an R1 may not be who you think they are(!)
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Robo-biker cops a la THX-1138?
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I didn't even think about that. Skynet here we come.
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This may be fine for self-driving cars but I do see a bit of a flaw with self-driving motorcycles of this type - a.k.a. no room for me.
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Hmm. But it might be of use to those who can't find a riding buddy. ;)
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A fully robotic policeman might also raise an interesting legal question: having watched enough "Cops" re-runs, I know that a police dog is considered equivilent to a human officer in terms of criminal charges being levied for an assault on a police dog by a suspect.
How would a robot bike cop be considered if some perp decided, "Yeah, see...you'll never take me alive copper!" And ran the bike-bot off the road leading to serious damage or its destruction...property damage or assault on an officer?
P.S. Use your best Edward G. Robinson or Rocky the gangster from Bugs Bunny voice for the perp above.
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There's been talk of autonomous traffic enforcement bots. Imagine a photo speed camera in an autonomous vehicle driving along in traffic ...
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Those would NEVER be the target of some enterprising hacker!
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If memory serves, Ben Mendis
was telling me about some remote hacks that have been documented involving a number of different vehicles.
In general, if it has a processor it can be hacked. It's a disconcerting world that we find ourselves in.
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