Japan engineers create robot that transforms into car with men on-board

A SoftBank Group Corp. subsidiary and two other firms have developed a prototype of a two-seater humanoid robot that can transform into a car for use in amusement parks, the companies said Thursday. Looking just like the heroes of the American film “Transformers,” the experimental model of “J-deite RIDE” is able to change to-and-from humanoid-mode into vehicle-mode in about one minute.

The 3.7-meter tall, 1.6-ton robot walks on two legs at a speed of 100 meters per hour, while it can go 60 kilometers per hour in vehicle mode and the electric car can be driven both by manually and by remote control, according to a release by the three companies.

Japan’s robot creators Wataru Yoshizaki (R) of Asratec and Kenji Ishida of Brave Robotics display the transformable robot “J-Deite quarter”, which can change its shape of a robot to a vehicle at the annual Digital Contens Expo in Tokyo on October 23, 2014. The 1.3m-tall J-Deite quarter can walk on two legs at a speed of 1kph while it can move on its wheels with a speed of 10kph.

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