BMW Motorrad previews autonomous bike

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Motorcycles lack all of the safety mechanisms even cheap full-sized cars have, and no matter how safe they might drive, reckless fellow drivers are far more risky to them due to the lack of exterior shielding. I often wonder why with all the tech out there today, no one has shoehorned autonomy into a classic Bug. Recently, BMW Motorrad released footage of its self-driving R1200GS bike which is moving on a test track.

Yep, here's a bike that doesn't require a rider.

However, the company admitted that there are major challenges ahead, such as while a car's autonomous safety system can hit the brakes in an emergency without injuring the driver, that situation is completely different for a bike and its unrestrained rider. Yamaha has been working on Motobot, a bike-riding robot that still isn't fast enough to beat Valentino Rossi, but is catching up quickly ...

Motorcyclists die at a far higher rate than individuals in a auto, and it's not hard to see why. In Munich, safety researchers have been using the autonomous motorcycle to test out features for its real motorcycles to handle risky situations. 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.

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The avant-garde processes used in the development of motorcycle chassis components, such as frame, swinging arm and wheels are made from the lightweight, yet high-strength material carbon - already industrially manufactured in the BMW HP4 RACE - further demonstrating BMW Motorrad's technical competence and excellence in this field.

Autonomous, or driverless, cars are a concept most of us are familiar with and testing has been taking place on public roads.

BMW posted a video of a motorcycle that starts up, accelerates, turns, and stops all by itself.

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