A robot that turns itself into a car like something from Transformers has been unveiled by a team of engineers in a world first
J-deite RIDE can transform from a standing 12ft robot into a sports car with two people on board.
The transformation, which takes about a minute to complete, is the brainchild of a team from Japan who have been working on its development for three years.
J-deite RIDE can technically walk at a speed of 100 metres per hour (0.06 mph) or run on its four wheels at about 60kph – about 38mph- but developers said they’ve never really tested it outside the factory cargo bay area.
Chief executive of Brave Robotics, Kenji Ishida, who initiated the co-project with Asratec, an affiliate of the Japanese mobile phone giant SoftBank, and a roller coaster manufacturer Sansei Technologies, said he was motivated by his childhood transformer heroes in anime movies.
Developers said they will begin with utilising the technology in entertainment industry, such as amusement park and street parades.
While admitting that it may seem like an expensive toy, Mr Ishida said the robot is an attempt to inspire others and broaden the human imagination.
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