This autonomous motorcycle is a BMW Motorrad GS R1200 adventure bike, and its panniers aren't filled with riding gear and clothing; rather they are filled with all sorts of tech allowing this bike to start from a stop, ride around corners and curves, and stop again without a human sitting atop the bike.
In a recent media preview at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018 in Miramas, France, an autonomous motorcycle, a BMW R 1200 GS, was put through the paces.
Commenting on the unveiling, BMW project leader Stefan Hans said: "The prototype helps us expand our knowledge about the vehicle's dynamics, so we can classify the rider's behaviour and see if a future situation will become unsafe or not". The company has developed its own self-driving bike, hoping to take the lessons it learns from the project to integrate driving assistance technology into its future motorcycles. Using the results from this research, BMW wants to build semi-autonomous motorcycles that can execute safety manoeuvres depending on the situation. Also shown was a motorcycle frame manufactured completely using a 3D printing process, including a rear swinging arm.
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BMW also anticipates the adoption of V2V (vehicle to vehicle) communication - where computers talk to each other, and potentially infrastucture like traffic lights - to avoid collisions and keep motorcycle riders safe among heavy traffic. With the goal of maximum innovation and highest possible quality, BMW Motorrad and BMW Automobile have a close alliance in this field too, where this material has always been used in series production.
These motorcycles are much safer than usual. Just as the world began to forget all about it, BMW Motorrad pulled this out of its hat.
Given motorbike riders are far more likely to be injured or killed in road accidents, improving their safety is something BMW has long prioritised.