BMW made a self-driving motorcycle that you can’t buy

BMW has developed its own self-driving motorcycle

Motorcyclists die at a far higher rate than individuals in a vehicle, and it's not hard to see why. Nearly never does one think about an autonomous motorcycle. Right? Well, apparently, a graduate engineer, Stefan Hans, and his team at BMW Motorrad have thought about an autonomous motorcycle.

BMW Motorrad has just unveiled its first autonomous two-wheeler: A tech-filled BMW R 1200 GS adventure motorbike which sped off, circled a test track, and slowed down to a stop all by itself in front of onlooking media. All. By.

Although self-driving vehicle technology has the potential to save millions of lives on an annual basis (despite a handful of unfortunate incidents), it's arguably not the form of transportation that poses the biggest risks to riders. However, the ability of the bike to drive, turn and lean, without a rider, is simply astonishing.

Autonomous BMW R 1200 GS
VIDEO: BMW Motorrad previews autonomous bike

BMW said it doesn't intend to sell a fully-autonomous motorcycle, but built one to better understand the dynamics of a two wheeler and use that information to optimize the safety systems, which could end up on a production model soon. So this tech would give bikes the ability to help the driver avoid risky situations in the same way autonomous safety systems in cars do.

There is still ways to go before motorcycle safety technologies catch up to the ones already offered in cars-that is if you're the kind of rider who would welcome these systems with open arms. Called ConnectedRide Self-driving concept, the teaser video shows a BMW R1200GS moving by itself.

Although, an entirely autonomous bike could be a pretty cool idea for some of the same reasons that semi-autonomous cars are cool.

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