Before you ask “why?!”, BMW Motorrad clarifies that they are not aiming for a completely independent motorbike. Meaning, the goal is not to make this autonomous bike into mass production.
Rather, the underlying technology will serve as a platform for development of future systems and functions to make motorcycling even safer, more comfortable and increase the riding pleasure as well.
The aim of this prototype is to gather additional knowledge with regards to driving dynamics, in order to detect dangerous situations early on and thus support the driver with appropriate safety systems while turning at intersections or when braking suddenly, for example.
The bike was developed by engineer Stefan Hans and his team. “It was not our goal to develop a fully automated motorcycle, we want to improve motorcycle safety,” clarifies Hans.
BMW Motorrad wants the systems that are already present in the cars today, in the bikes too. The company says that the research was being carried out in secret for over two years. Now the only thing that is pending is to optimise the prototype to such an extent that one or the other safety support may soon be installed in new motorcycles.
“And self driving motorcycles on the road remain of course, a science fiction,” adds the company.