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BMW shows off self-driving motorcycle

BMW has released video of its first self-driving motorbike, an autonomous version of its R1200GS motorcycle. Angela Moore reports.

GERMANY (BMW) – It’s sleek, fast, and powerful – and no one is riding it.

“A motorcycle that starts it engine on its own, recognizes turns and accelerates. Yes, there is one now.”

It’s BMW’s first autonomous motorcycle.

A self-driving version of its R1200GS model, the bike not only rides on its own, it can also come to a complete stop on its own.

But don’t expect to see a driverless motorbike on the road anytime soon. It will not be developed for sale. It’s for research only.

BMW GRADUATE ENGINEER STEFAN HANS,

“In this project it was not our goal to develop a fully automated motorcycle. We wanted to improve motorcycle safety. If we prove that the underlying dynamic model is detailed enough to cope with the whole riding dynamics so we can use that knowledge to develop further comfort and safety systems.”

BMW says the prototype will be used to help scientists develop driver assistance tools.

BMW GRADUATE ENGINEER STEFAN HANS,

“The prototype helps us to expand our knowledge about the vehicle’s dynamics, so we can that classify the rider’s behavior and determine if a future situation will become dangerous or not. If so we can inform, warn, or intervene directly.”

BMW says its intelligent safety technology will be further developed and installed on new motorcycles.


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