Monday, 19 November, 2018

BMW made a self-driving motorcycle that you can’t buy

BMW RGS Autonomous Autonomous BMW R 1200 GS
Priscilla Morrison | 14 September, 2018, 21:47

What your mind doesn't go to is an autonomous motorcycle, yet that is exactly what BMW Motorrad engineers have whipped up.

BMW Motorrad has just unveiled its first autonomous two-wheeler: A tech-filled BMW R 1200 GS adventure motorbike which sped off, circled a test track, and slowed down to a stop all by itself in front of onlooking media. All. By.

Motorcyclists die at a far higher rate than individuals in a auto, and it's not hard to see why. BMW Motorrad is specific in that it's not trying to develop a completely independent motorcycle.

It's the result of a secret two-year-long project that's aimed at developing electronic safety aids BMW calls ConnectedRide that can intervene in emergency situations. This tech keeps drivers from having accidents every day.

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Last year BMW revealed to the world the R1200RS ConnectedRide prototype; with a host of technologies including Vehicle to Vehicle Communication and a Differential Global Navigation Satellite System, it aimed to make riding a motorcycle safer, more connected and less unsafe. It will be tested to discover more about unsafe situations and the appropriate safety tech to support the ride in those.

So future BMW motorcycles could have advanced active safety technologies which could pull riders out of a possible collision, steer to avoid something in the road or even assist with lane change and cruise-control, similar to how active safety tech works on modern BMW cars.

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

The self-driving motorcycle can start its engine, accelerate, and stop autonomously - and can also lean into turns to maintain stability while driving.

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