More than meets the eye: Engineers create robot that transforms into car

These robots are more than meets the eye.

More than meets the eye: Engineers create robot that transforms into car
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April 26, 2018, 12:08 PM

If you've ever wanted to "roll out" like one of the Autobots from the hit media franchise "Transformers," you might be able to soon!

PHOTO: The ride-able transforming humanoid robot,'J-deite RIDE' robot is unveiled in Saitama, Japan, April 25, 2018.
The ride-able transforming humanoid robot,'J-deite RIDE' robot is unveiled in Saitama, Japan, April 25, 2018.
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Japanese engineers unveiled a robot that can shape-shift into a sports car in about 30 seconds, and can actually carry people on board. They're calling it the first accomplishment of its kind in the history of robots, according to Reuters.

PHOTO: A combination of pictures shows a new transforming robot called "J-deite RIDE" that transforms itself into a passenger vehicle, during its unveiling at a factory near Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2018.
A combination of pictures shows a new transforming robot called "J-deite RIDE" that transforms itself into a passenger vehicle, developed by Brave Robotics Inc., Asratec Corp and Sansei Technologies Inc., during its unveiling at a factory near Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2018.
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The “J-deite RIDE” robot stands over 12 feet tall, and can carry two passengers in both its car and humanoid form. It can walk at a speed of 0.06 miles per hour, or run on its four wheels.

The robot is the brainchild of Kenji Ishida, CEO of Brave Robotics, who created the project with Asratec, a robot consulting firm, and Sansei Technologies, a company that manufactures roller coasters. Ishida said he was inspired by his love of transforming robots from childhood anime movies.

PHOTO: A new transforming robot called "J-deite RIDE" that transforms itself into a passenger vehicle, during its unveiling at a factory near Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2018.
A new transforming robot called "J-deite RIDE" that transforms itself into a passenger vehicle, developed by Brave Robotics Inc, Asratec Corp and Sansei Technologies Inc, at its unveiling at a factory near Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2018. Picture taken April 25, 2018.
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“I grew up believing that robots had to be capable of such things, which became my motivation to develop this robot,” Ishida told Reuters.

Ishida hopes that people will not see the robot as an "expensive toy," but rather something that inspires others and encourage animation.

Developers say they will begin utilizing the technology in an entertainment capacity, such as parade or amusement park attractions.