BMW Motorrad reveal autonomous R 1200 GS

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Words: Nile Bijoux
13 Sep 2018

An autonomous motorbike presents a few more hurdles than a car, namely in self-balancing. However, BMW seems to have cracked the code.

An R 1200 GS adventure bike was sent around the BMW Group testing ground in Miramas, southern France last week, without a rider on board.

Developed by graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team, the aim of the prototype is to gather additional knowledge of riding dynamics in order to detect dangerous situations early on and support the rider with appropriate safety systems.

The bike is no more than a prototype, and one BMW is not looking to mass produce, so no technical details have been divulged.

At the same event, the manufacturer revealed several other technological advancements, such as laser headlights for bikes and a motorcycle frame manufactured completely using 3D printing (including the rear swingarm). BMW also mentioned the carbon fibre components found in the HP4 Race, hinting that parts like the frame and wheels could trickle down to more street-oriented machines.

Finally, vehicle-to-vehicle communication was touched upon, with BMW saying it is taking two-wheeler needs into consideration in future.

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