While many riders are horrified by the prospect of self-riding motorcycles, there could be a use for them in the courier and delivery industries.
The robotic bikes are also being used to test interaction with self-driving vehicles without endangering the lives of test riders.
The Facebook device has small wheels that can turn 360 degrees, so it wouldn’t be suitable for road speeds.
However, it could be useful for helping couriers or fast food deliverers to operate in an urban environment.
The patent application says: “The control loop stabiliser may include sensors for detecting balancing input. The balancing input may include information indicative of the linear velocity and angular velocity of the robotic motorcycle, the linear velocity and angular velocity of each wheel, and/or the orientation of each wheel.”
The technology could also underpin future electric two-wheelers.
It features two electric motors that belt drive the wheels, so it’s two-wheel-drive and two-wheel-steer.