Honda unveils motorbike that won't fall over, car that makes you money

Self-driving cars are so passé. The new big thing will be self-driving motorcycles, if Honda has its way.

The Japanese vehicle manufacturer has just unveiled a new bike which stays upright, even when stationary.

A man demonstrates Honda's Riding Assist technology (Honda/YouTube)
A man demonstrates Honda's Riding Assist technology (Honda/YouTube)

Honda calls it Riding Assist, and it's based on the same technology used in its Asimo robots and self-balancing, one-wheeled Uni-Cub scooter.

The Honda Uni-Cub (Honda)
The Honda Uni-Cub (Honda)

It works partly by lowering the front of the bike closer to the ground, and automatically adjusting the steering at low speeds.

The technology works so well, the bike can even move forwards by itself, without a rider - as Honda shows off in a new clip, unveiled at the CES show in Las Vegas on Friday (NZ time).

Honda says the technology doesn't have a release date yet, but hopes it will save motorcyclists from injury - which even at low speeds on a bike, can be serious.

The company hasn't forgotten self-driving cars however, also unveiling a concept car designed to be used by ride-sharing app customers.

The NeuV, or New Electric Urban Vehicle, is a two-seater electric car which can leave home and pick up passengers when its owner doesn't need it.

"We designed NeuV to become more valuable to the owner by optimising and monetising the vehicle's downtime," principal designer Mike Tsay said in a statement.

The NeuV can also apparently read drivers' emotions, and make suggestions on what music to play or where they might like to go.

It also comes with an electric skateboard - useful if your car has decided to go earn a buck being a taxi when you get the urge to go out.