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BMW’s autonomous R 1200 GS motorcycle is a safety equipment testbed

16 September 2018

On Tuesday September 11, BMW released a video (below) of its self-driving motorcycle in action.

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.

In the past few months, we've seen different manufacturers working on motorcycles with some sort of of autonomous technology.

BMW Motorrad's first autonomous motorbike was presented last week at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018.

"The prototype helps us to expand our knowledge about the vehicle's dynamics so that we can classify the rider's behavior and determine if a future situation will become risky or not", the company said.

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. Rather, it wants to install "dynamic control programs" into its motorcycles that will show drivers the "best and safest" path around an obstacle, while also offering automatic braking, and other safety solutions to aid "inattentive" riders. Luminous motorcycle headlights from cornering lights to laser headlights were highlights as well as a motorcycle frame manufactured completely using a 3D printing process, including a rear swinging arm.

BMW unveils a new autonomous motorcycle that the company hopes can be used for emergency situations. BMW Motorrad is taking two-wheeler needs into consideration for tomorrow's world of transport and preparing for it technically.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a report calling for the deployment of more electronic motorcycle safety tech.

BMW’s autonomous R 1200 GS motorcycle is a safety equipment testbed