BMW Motorrad has shocked the world when it showed off a self-driving version of its R1200GS, a bike that can start, accelerate and stop on it’s own without any human assistance. The motorbike which took BMW over 2 years to develop looks like a typical police bike and can bend, take turns and stop all on it’s own but the sad thing is, the bike is not going to be mass produced so don’t expect to see it in the market anytime soon. According to the company, the self-driving bike is not for consumers but rather, it was developed to learn more about how it can implement new safety features.
According to Stefan Hans, a Motorrad safety engineer he said “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 dangerous or not. If so, we can inform, warn or intervene directly.” The bike will be used to develop new safety systems aimed at supporting drivers who are not paying attention to while driving or riding.
While new cars have a whole lot of high tech safety features, motor bikes which are more dangerous have little or no safety features. It will be very nice to see what type of safety features BMW will be developing for bikes and we hope they’re able to licence this innovative technology to other bike manufacturers like Ducatti, Harley Davidson and the others.