Yamaha, however, is taking a different approach by combining autonomous driving with humanoid robots.
Motobot is an autonomous motor-cycle riding robot, being researched and designed by Yamaha and SRI International.
Robot-related research has made strides in artificial intelligence in recent years, but physical advancements have been limited. While some robots can now move seamlessly and find balance and others are learning to use staircases, Motobot is riding motorcycles.
But don't expect much more from it.
"Robots should have a very specific purpose," Hiroshi Saijou, Yamaha's Motor Ventures CEO and Managing Director told CNBC. "He cannot walk, he cannot speak, he cannot listen, but once he rides on a motorcycle, he's [more] superior than humans."
The idea was conceived to help the Japanese company evolve safety and design of its motorcycles, while simultaneously investing in artificial intelligence.
There isn't an immediate goal for Motobot's function in daily life, as it's still learning from the project, but Saijou said, it could eventually serve as a delivery method to homes or be used in large fields for manufacturing.