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BMW has invented a self-riding motorcycle

September 16, 2018 | Comment icon 11 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 (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
Coming soon from BMW
Comment icon #3 Posted by toast 4 years ago
Its my job to operate my two 330mm Brembo discs and not the job of a #@%! CPU.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 4 years ago
From the article link:  
Comment icon #5 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
It's a prototype moto-terminator. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
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 #7 Posted by FlyingAngel 4 years ago
Locals would scream : I see a ghost riding motorcycle :O
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin 4 years ago
I want to see a self-driving car plow into a self-driving motorcycle.
Comment icon #9 Posted by highdesert50 4 years ago
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 #10 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
Or so stupid people with no balance can get run over by people on smartphones too. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by toast 4 years ago
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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