BMW shows off self-driving motorcycle

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Recently, BMW Motorrad released footage of its self-driving R1200GS bike which is moving on a test track. The researchers' end-game was never to actually develop a fully self-riding motorcycle, but it quickly became the best course of action. Stefan Hans, a team member, 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 risky or not". The company has developed its own self-driving bike, hoping to take the lessons it learns from the project to integrate driving assistance technology into its future motorcycles.

BMW Motorrad's first autonomous motorbike was presented last week at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018. This riderless motorcycle allows them to play with data and sensors without the inconsistencies of a human rider, and also allows them to figure out how to effectively control the bike in cases where safety systems must protect the rider from imminent danger.

BMW claim they are by no means aiming for a completely independent motorcycle. Who knows? There could eventually be a demand for self-riding bikes-though I don't see the purpose-but something something urban mobility. The autonomous tech isn't all that BMW Motorrad has to show off, it's also showing off new headlight designs, cornering lights, and laser headlights for bikes. The advantage of 3D printing lies in the complete freedom of designing components that could not be produced in other ways.

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Future BMW motorcycles will be safer than ever before.

The autonomous motorcycle prototype will be used to gather data to improve riding safety and comfort.

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