It’s quite easy to keep a bike balanced and moving forward when you are driving at a good speed. But when you need to slow down or stop the bike, the rider has to control and balance the bike and it all depends on biker grip and control over the bike.
To mitigate this issue BMW has just presented its future concept Motorbike with auto driving assistance feature. The German car and motorbike manufacturer surprised the journalists last weekend with a live demonstration of the experimental self-driving BMW R1200GS at a track. As if guided by magic, the autonomous motorcycle doesn’t require a rider to navigate and can move freely with no aids, going around corners and even stopping without falling to its side.
According to BMW, the aim of the technology is not fully-automated motorcycling but the extension and refinement of driver assistance systems for immature, careless and less experienced drivers. “For example, less experienced drivers could be assisted in a timely and targeted manner to avoid dangerous spots” explains BMW. The potential of the technology is vast as a safety system, decreasing the probability of a collision or intervening in a slide among other scenarios.
A live demonstration of the Self-riding motorbike can be seen below
(Video Source: BMW- Youtube).
According to BMW, their scientists are working on this concept for more than 2 years and they have spent hundreds of hours to test this concept on the track. Now they are working on optimizing the concept to such an extent that their technology can be installed on new motorcycles.