BMW Motorrad Unveils Autonomous Motorbike

Here’s something that is a little bit eerie to see – a self-driving motorcycle courtesy of BMW.

BMW Motorrad presented its first autonomous motorbike at September’s BMW Motorrad Techday 2018 with a BMW R 1200 GS doing the rounds at the company’s testing ground in Miramas, southern France.

Developed by graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team, the vehicle independently drives off, accelerates, circles a winding test track and independently slows down to a stop.

BMW Motorrad says that, though a driver for technical innovations in the field of motorcycling, it is not aiming for a completely independent motorbike. Rather, the underlying technology should serve as a platform for development of future systems and functions to make motorcycling even safer and more comfortable The aim of the prototype is to gather additional knowledge with regards to driving dynamics in order to detect dangerous situations early and support the driver with appropriate safety systems.

Source: Motor Trade E-Magazine (October Edition)

8 Oct 2018

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