Now, you might wonder what the point of a self-driving motorcycle is, as what the hell is the point of a vehicle driving on its own without a single passenger?
The prototype machine was developed by graduate engineer, Stefan Hans, and his team and can accelerate away from a standstill, turn corners and stop without a rider on board.
As BMW engineer Stefan Hans notes in the video, the company never actually set out to create a self-driving motorcycle - it just wanted to figure out ways to improve motorcycle safety for riders the same way lane-keeping and autonomous braking systems help keep auto drivers safe. Rather, 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.
BMW GS series adventure bikes like the R1200 are more common than Harleys here in Colorado, and the bulk of them only get ridden once in a blue moon to the coffee shop on a Saturday morning and then back home.
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A self-driving motorcycle sounds terrifying, but BMW's autonomous bike isn't supposed to ever drive on public roads - it's only for safety research. The autonomous tech isn't all that BMW Motorrad has to show off, it's also showing off new headlight designs, cornering lights, and laser headlights for bikes.
BMW R1200GS is the first self driving motorcycle by BMW Motorrard.
The innovative processes used in the production of motorcycle chassis components, such as frame, swinging arm and wheels are made from the lightweight, yet high-strength material carbon - already industrially manufactured in the BMW HP4 RACE - further demonstrating BMW Motorrad's technical competence and excellence in this field. Just as the world began to forget all about it, BMW Motorrad pulled this out of its hat. We want to improve motorcycle safety.