BMW Self Riding Motorcycle – BMW Autonomous Driving Bike / BMW Self Riding Bike | BMW R 1200 GS.
BMW Motorrad’s first autonomous motorbike was presented at the occasion of the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018. At the BMW Group test site in Miramas, southern France, a BMW R 1200 GS made its first rounds in front of the assembled journalists, as if by magic. Developed by graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team, the vehicle automatically drives, accelerates, circling a winding test track and automatically brakes it to a standstill.
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With this forward-looking development, however, BMW Motorrad, as a driver for technical innovations in the field of motorcycling, is by no means aiming for a completely independent motorbike. Rather, the underlying technology should serve as a platform for development of future systems and functions to make motorcycling even safer and more comfortable, and thus to increase the driving pleasure significantly. The aim of the development of this prototype is to gather driving dynamics knowledge in order to be able to detect dangerous situations early on and thus support the driver with appropriate safety systems, for example at intersections, when turning or during rapid braking.
In addition to this impressive view of a future even greater level of driving pleasure and safety when riding a motorcycle, BMW Motorrad presented even more exciting technology projects. Luminous motorcycle headlights from cornering lights to laser headlights were just as marvelous as a motorcycle frame made entirely of so-called 3D printing, including a rear swinging arm. As with the development of autonomous motorcycles, BMW Motorrad once again used the synergies with BMW automobiles, where this additive manufacturing process has already made its way into the series in various vehicles. The decisive advantage of 3D printing lies in the complete design freedom of components that could not be produced in other ways.
BMW Motorrad also provided another example of technical competence and excellence in the field of innovative production processes with motorcycle chassis components such as frame, rocker and wheels made of the lightweight, yet high-strength material carbon, which is already industrially manufactured on the BMW HP4 RACE. With the goal of maximum innovation and the highest possible quality, BMW Motorrad and BMW Automobile also have a close alliance in this field, where this material has long been used in series production.
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Conclusion: BMW Self Riding Motorcycle
Finally, in Miramas, BMW Motorrad provided an outlook on the importance of the rapid pace of digitization for motorcycling in the future. Here, BMW Motorrad is faced with the challenge of considering the two-wheeler concerns in the world of tomorrow’s transport and being able to maintain it technically. Above all, the V2V communication between vehicles and thus a safety and comfort gain for the motorcyclist through digital networking are in the foreground. Here, too, BMW Motorrad benefits from the close cooperation with BMW Automobiles.