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BMW has invented a self-riding motorcycle

Posted on Sunday, 16 September, 2018 | Comment icon 12 comments

The motorcycle can ride around a track all by itself. Image Credit: YouTube / BMW Motorrad
The automotive giant has unveiled its latest creation - a motorcycle that can operate entirely on its own.
Developed by BMW Motorrad, the company's motorcycle division, this unique and somewhat unnerving addition to the world of self-driving vehicles looks like it belongs in an 80s sci-fi movie.

Capable of careening around a track without a rider, the bike can start its engine, lean in to corners, keep its balance and apply the brakes entirely without human intervention.

BMW ultimately aims to incorporate some of this technology - such as automatic braking - in to its more conventional motorcycles in an effort to cut down on accidents.

A recently released video which shows the vehicle in action can be viewed below.

Source: The Verge | Comments (12)

Tags: Motorcycle, BMW

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by toast on 15 September, 2018, 20:19
Its my job to operate my two 330mm Brembo discs and not the job of a #@%! CPU.
Comment icon #4 Posted by seanjo on 15 September, 2018, 20:21
What is the point of a Bike if you aren't RIDING it and controlling it????
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters on 15 September, 2018, 21:08
From the article link:
Comment icon #6 Posted by XenoFish on 15 September, 2018, 21:10
It's a prototype moto-terminator.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Stiff on 16 September, 2018, 11:55
That can only be a good thing in my eyes. I'm not good on bikes. That's how I found out that adrenaline is brown.
Comment icon #8 Posted by FlyingAngel on 16 September, 2018, 18:23
Locals would scream : I see a ghost riding motorcycle :O
Comment icon #9 Posted by pallidin on 17 September, 2018, 2:19
I want to see a self-driving car plow into a self-driving motorcycle.
Comment icon #10 Posted by highdesert50 on 17 September, 2018, 6:58
The research from UK, NZ, and US concurs that motorcyclists are tens of times more likely to have fatal accidents than drivers of automobiles. It seems that industry could easily resolve this issue of adoption by commensurately decreasing the yearly insurance for those motorcycles having proven protective features.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Piney on 17 September, 2018, 14:53
Or so stupid people with no balance can get run over by people on smartphones too.
Comment icon #12 Posted by toast on 17 September, 2018, 15:19
A bike is mostly controlled by balance and weight transfer so it is impossible to establish an assistance system that would change the bikes direction without the driver been dropped off the bike and/or the bike to fall.

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