It only takes about a minute for J-deite RIDE to transform from a car to a robot. (Wataru Sekita)

A Tokyo-based company has created a real-life “transformer” machine that can change from a functional car into a walking robot.

Asratec Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., spent three years developing J-deite RIDE.

As a car, it is 4 meters long and 1.4 meters high. Within a minute or so, it can transform into a robot 3.7 meters high and 4.2 meters wide.

During the transformation, the car seats and hood elevate, and the robot’s legs and head appear.

The switch back to the car takes about the same time.

Kunio Okawara, who designed many of the mobile suits used in the “Gundam” anime franchise, designed J-deite RIDE.

As a car, it can theoretically reach a maximum speed of 60 kph. In robot form, it can walk about 100 meters per hour.

Two people, including the driver, can fit into the “cockpit.” But J-deite RIDE can also be controlled wirelessly without a driver onboard.

Asratec is considering marketing the vehicle to amusement parks.