Transformers: Japan unveils auto that morphs into robot

Real life Transformers? Engineers make robot that turns into car in world first

Humanoid robot carries two passengers and turns into sports car

Japanese firm Brave Robotics and amusement park ride manufacturer Sansei Technologies have developed a robot, called the J-deite RIDE, that transforms into an electric auto that can transport people.

The robot is capable of walking at a speed of 100 meters per hour or drive on its four wheels. One such marvel, a humanoid robot called J-deite RIDE was unveiled in Japan this week.

It's the culmination of a project that began fifteen years ago and has gone through several smaller permutations.

Brave Robotics developed J-deite Ride in conjunction with Asratec, a subsidiary of SoftBank, which also owns the Boston robotics company behind our favorite somersaulting and door-opening robots. The developers want to use the technology in the entertainment industry, and possibly deploy it at amusement parks and use it during street parades.

Image credit Reuters
Image credit Reuters

Inventor Kenji Ishida, CEO of Brave Robotics, was inspired by anime movies of transforming robots and deciding to try to create one in real life.

"The robots I've seen in animation movies since childhood all have this kind of look and they transform into or combined with each other to become something else with people on board", Ishida told Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

J-deite RIDE will make an appearance at Tokyo's Golden Week DOKIDOKI Festa All Working Cars Assemble event on May 5, and is expected to attend the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Florida this November. The machine will then follow into the footsteps of other similar creations to become transforming go-karts for amusement parks.

Cool! But when do we get our transforming bumper cars?

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