Ghost rider: BMW unveils autonomous motorcycle

The inner workings of the self riding bike

The inner workings of the self riding bike

Motorcycles lack all of the safety mechanisms even cheap full-sized cars have, and no matter how safe they might drive, reckless fellow drivers are far more unsafe to them due to the lack of exterior shielding. Nearly never does one think about an autonomous motorcycle.

In a recent media preview at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018 in Miramas, France, an autonomous motorcycle, a BMW R 1200 GS, was put through the paces.

BMW R1200GS is the first self driving motorcycle by BMW Motorrard.

Motorcyclists die at a far higher rate than individuals in a vehicle, and it's not hard to see why.

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The developers are confident that being equipped with such systems, the bikes will be far safer not only for beginners but also for experienced riders. It allows the bike to self-balance, accelerate, complete the course on a test track and slow down to a stop.

With this revolutionary development, BMW Motorrad, as a driver for technical innovations in the field of motorcycling, is by no means aiming for a completely independent-driving motorbike.

BMW hasn't fully disclosed the suite of technology required for its prototype, which allows the bike to ride on its own, but everything required fits into two cases mounted on either side of the seat. So this tech would give bikes the ability to help the driver avoid unsafe situations in the same way autonomous safety systems in cars do. The technology being in its infancy, there's still a lot of time before we see a self-driving motorcycle become a normal thing.

BMW Motorrad has unveiled an autonomous motorcycle that is cooler than most of the autonomous cars that are out there. So the bike could be summoned to your front door or even the front door of your office or place of work.

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