Honda's self-balancing bike tech could make riding safer

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Riding a motorbike can be a dangerous experience, but Honda hopes to make it safer with its new 'riding assist' technology.

Showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the self-balancing innovation is designed to keep a bike upright.

A promotional video shows a bike balancing itself while stationary. A woman then presses a button and walks away, prompting the motorbike to follow her despite having no rider on board.

Unlike similar technology from other manufacturers, Honda says it doesn't use gyroscopes as these can be heavy and affect the riding experience.

Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, president & CEO of Honda R&D, said: "Since our founding, Honda has focused on creating technologies that help people.

"Our goal is to showcase a future technology path that results in a redefined mobility experience."

Honda also revealed a motorised unicycle that uses similar technology that it sees as the future of inner-city commuting.