is a robot that can ride a bicycle all by himself – capable of keeping balance, pedaling, and directing the bicycle while avoiding obstacles on the way. The robot, which was invented by the Japanese firm Murata Manufacturing
, operates using gyro sensors that detect minute changes in orientation, allowing it to respond accordingly. Murata Boy detects obstacles using an ultrasonic sensor and can not only back up in reverse to avoid collision, but is also able to halt, standing stationary in a riding position. Furthermore, the robot is equipped with a navigation system, which allows users to pre-define its path while retaining control of the system via a remote PC.