BMW unveils ‘self-driving’ motorcycle

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Published on 25 September 2018 by Matt Colley

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

BMW has released a video demonstration of its new ‘self-driving’ motorcycle.

Developed by BMW Motorrad, the ConnectRide self-driving motorcycle is based on the BMW R 1200 GS and allows the rider to remain in control while improving their safety.

It works by analysing and categorising a rider's behaviour while they are using the bike. The technology can determine potential hazards before the rider becomes aware of the danger.

Unlike the BMW R 1200 GS, the self-driving model does not make use of sensors to aid balance. Instead, the system attempts to mimic how the rider balances the bike. The bike can then develop the ability to balance itself and deploy a side stand when not in motion.

While a rider is still necessary for obvious reasons, BMW Motorrad safety engineer Stefan Hans said the bike would have the ability to “inform, warn or intervene directly”.

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Picture credit: BMW Motorrad