BMW’s Self-Driving Motorcycle Could Help Keep Bikers Safe

The inner workings of the self riding bike

The inner workings of the self riding bike

Right? Well, apparently, a graduate engineer, Stefan Hans, and his team at BMW Motorrad have thought about an autonomous motorcycle. It's alive! Say hello to BMW's latest creation: the robotic R 1200 GS. However, whatever additionnal knowledge the autonomous R will bring will eventually lead to such systems as adaptive cruise control or automatic braking assist. The bike is capable of reading its track ahead of it and can steer its way around as well.

It's really quite remarkable, as typically a motorcycle needs a rider to balance the bike. Admittedly, both Honda and BMW have shown off self-balancing bike tech, where the tires turn back and forth a bit, constantly, to keep it balanced and upright. Instead, it's using the project to help it develop better safety systems for its products' riders.


Not only Yamaha but BMW has also been working on autonomous motorcycle technology for the last few years. 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. But how would you handle a riderless motorcycle?

Earlier in the summer, we reported on the autonomous "bike": a self-riding BMW C1 that had been fitted with a flight of detection systems and mechanisms that was able to help the engineers safely put autonomous auto technologies to the test without putting an actual rider at risk. This autonomous motorcycle is a BMW Motorrad GS R1200 adventure bike, and its panniers aren't filled with riding gear and clothing; rather they are filled with all sorts of tech allowing this bike to start from a stop, ride around corners and curves, and stop again without a human sitting atop the bike.

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