We already have driverless cars, but scientists have now created a self-cycling bicycle.
Perfect for the wobbly rider, the bike keeps itself upright, spots speed bumps and automatically swerves around obstacles.
The bicycle is powered by artificial intelligence, so just like voice-operated assistant Alexa, responds to commands to speed up, slow down and turn left or right.
It was created by researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing, using a small AI chip mounted on the back wheel.
The breakthrough comes three years after a spoof April Fool’s video from Google which suggested the firm had created a self-riding bike, but revealed in a ‘making of’ video that it had been faked.
The Chinese researchers use a gyroscope to measure the bicycle’s stability to keep it upright and a camera to detect obstacles in its path.
A microphone picks up voice commands from the rider and a speed sensor detects how fast it is going.
Professor Will Stewart, chairman of the Communications Policy Panel at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, who was not involved in the study, said: ‘This is a fascinating example of a multi-purpose programmable AI chip, cleverly demonstrating the many functions needed to operate a bicycle.
‘It is controlling the balance, understanding what is in front of the bicycle, and steering too.
‘It is a step forward in making AI that much more useful for our everyday lives.’
A study on the bicycle, published in the journal Nature, show it is perfect for cross-country bicycle rides, being able to track a person in front and follow them in a straight line.’