Kawasaki’s New Vehicle Isn’t A Goat. It Is A Goat.

This is not a joke or a play on the acronym GOAT. Kawasaki, Japan’s globally renowned motorcycle maker, has actually made a quadruped robot goat that has wheels and can carry a human being on its back. The goat, named Bex, was showcased at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. 

The goat was a product of the company’s Kaleido program, under which it was developing bipedal robots since 2015. Apparently, the engineers were aiming to design a robot that could handle tricky terrain and there is hardly a better source of inspiration than the Ibex, a wild mountain goat found in Eurasia and Africa.

Bex can trot on its four legs and avoid obstacles on its own. While we do not know if it can really handle steep terrains like the Ibex, Kawasaki has confirmed that the robotic goat can be used to carry out site inspections remotely, and also be configured to carry cargo up to 220 pounds. This would basically mean that the top end of the robot will stop looking like a goat.