A real Transformer. Like, as in a robot that turns into a car you can drive. Thank you, Japan!

Called the J-deite Ride, this 4-meter tall transforming vehicle is the closest the world has seen to an actual Transformer. In “humanoid mode,” J-deite Ride is able to walk, while in “vehicle mode,” it’s apparently a steerable car.

Kotaku first covered this project—a collaboration between Brave Robotics, Takara Tomy and Asratec—back in 2014. The goal is to create a 5-meter tall version by 2020. My goal is to drive this thing.


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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.

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