BMW developed a self-driving motorcycle to further its safety efforts

16 September, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • The inner workings of the self riding bike

After all, all they have to do is go, stop and steer, right? Here is the full story, with full video.

In addition BMW Motorrad also presented other future technology applicable to motorcycles, such as luminous motorcycle headlights, cornering lights and laser headlights. Outlook on the future of motorcycle safety and technology in Miramas.

Developed by graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team, this very special R 1200 GS independently drives off, accelerates, circles a winding test track and independently slows down to a stop. Instead, as with the original concept, the ambition is to make cycling "more comfortable and increase the riding pleasure".

"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 unsafe or not", the company said. BMW is mum on exactly what tech is integrated into the bike to allow it to operate autonomously.


The prototype bike also features a number of other innovations adapted from its passenger vehicle division, such as laser headlights that project further down the road than regular beams, while its frame was manufactured using a 3D printing process. The 3D printing process used in the frame uses carbon to create lightweight but high strength components including wheels. With the goal of maximum innovation and highest possible quality, BMW Motorrad and BMW Automobile have a close alliance in this field too, where this material has always been used in series production. The best part: the tech powering the motorcycle could one day keep bikers safer on the road. Just as the world began to forget all about it, BMW Motorrad pulled this out of its hat.

The autonomous motorcycle prototype will be used to gather data to improve riding safety and comfort. Here, too, BMW Motorrad benefits from close cooperation with BMW Automobiles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a report calling for the deployment of more electronic motorcycle safety tech.

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