Self-driving cars are one thing, but a motorcycle capable of the same thing? If freedom and the open road are two of the feelings that forged your motorcycle enthusiast identity, then you’re probably not a fan of the idea that these machines could one day drive without any assistance from the actual rider. However, BMW has come out with the first driverless motorcycle and it could offer more insightful knowledge of driver dynamics.
Last Fall, at a French testing ground circuit the German automaker introduced its first autonomous motorcycle. The driverless motorcycle accelerated and circled a track before slowing down and coming to a stop, independently.
However, BMW has announced that no where in the near future do they have plans to release a completely self-driving motorcycle. Instead they are looking forward to using the new technology to “develop future systems and functions to make motorcycling safer and more comfortable.” Surely, safety is something all riders can agree can always be built upon. A large part of the riding experience is in the inherent danger that motorcycling involves.
It’s essential for anyone on a motorcycle to possess the skills and knowledge to ensure their own safety on the road as well has to not be a danger to any other drivers. On top of that, a good bit of luck and chance goes into each ride, especially around cars. The type of knowledge and insight BMW is hoping to gain creating this new technology is centered on safety. Gaining information on how to detect danger while turning at an intersection or braking in traffic could be immensely helpful for anyone on a bike.
There have been many technological leaps made in this field, just none quite as ambitious. In 2017 Honda revealed it’s ‘self-balancing’ motorcycle and in 2015 Yamaha created a ‘autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid’, which is probably the closest thing to BMW’S newest creation.
One thing is for sure, the future of innovation in the realm of motorcycles is broad and sure to be a thrilling ride.