The automotive industry is fascinated by the idea of self-driving cars and the convenience and safety benefits they will eventually provide. Nearly never does one think about an autonomous motorcycle. A BMW R 1200 GS made its first rounds in front of assembled journalists, as if by magic, at the BMW Group testing ground in Miramas, southern France.
In addition to this impressive outlook on increased riding pleasure and safety, BMW Motorrad unveiled many other exciting technology projects.More news: Hurricane Hunters flying into Florence as it heads for the Carolinas
This week BMW Motorrad - the motorcycle division of the German vehicle company - showed a prototype driverless bike on a test track accelerating, navigating curves, and braking all on its own.
The objective is to enhance the wellbeing of bike riders and increment their odds of avoiding any accident, as opposed to acquiring the innovation its present frame to the finished result. But once it's moving, it can handle itself, recognizing turns before they come, accelerating on its own, and stopping. Thus, we could see active safety features begin trickling into motorcycles, much like how they've become prevalent in mass-market cars.More news: Hurricane Florence approaching Carolina coast, will move west this weekend
Below is a video of the self-driving motorcycle in action.
BMW said it doesn't intend to sell a fully-autonomous motorcycle, but built one to better understand the dynamics of a two wheeler and use that information to optimize the safety systems, which could end up on a production model soon. It will be tested to discover more about unsafe situations and the appropriate safety tech to support the ride in those.More news: Matthew Perry has been hospitalized for 3 months
The BMW Motorrad division is a pioneer in the field of creating a full-fledged drone of motorcycles. In it, the driverless motorcycle starts its engine and then takes off down a track.