Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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BMW shows off self-driving motorcycle

BMW shows off self-driving motorcycle

Below is a video of the self-driving motorcycle in action.

Why it matters: Now that the self-driving auto industry has begun to mature, carmaker BMW is shifting its sights to one of the most risky forms of transportation out there - motorcycles. And they've created one out of a BMW R 1200 GS. However, whatever additionnal knowledge the autonomous R will bring will eventually lead to such systems as adaptive cruise control or automatic braking assist. There, the bike drove off, accelerated, drove through the winding test track and then came to a stop, entirely on its own. Instead, the tech developed through the prototype will help riders stay stable, avoid obstacles on the road, and manage other risky situations, like when they need to brake quickly.

While it seems like completely useless, and BMW admits it has no plans to actually develop a riderless motorcycle, the motorcycle division claims "the underlying technology should serve as a platform for development of future systems and functions to make motorcycling even safer, more comfortable and increase the riding pleasure". Shown at BMW's Motorrad Tech Day in Miramas, the BMW - that's now an R1200GS - can start, accelerate, corner and stop independently. It will be tested to discover more about risky situations and the appropriate safety tech to support the ride in those.

Rider safety aid in the motorcycling world has seen a meteoric rise in the last couple of years, be it airbag-equipped suits or something outrageous like Bosch's thruster technology.

Autonomous, or driverless, cars are a concept most of us are familiar with and testing has been taking place on public roads.

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