BMW Motorrad creates autonomous BMW R 1200 GS

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Last week, in front of a group of journalists, BMW demonstrated the capabilities of the autonomous BMW R 1200 GS on track at Miramas.

BMW hopes the program will in the future greatly assist bikers by operating as an autonomous driving assistant that adjusts steering during risky situations on the road.

The systems that allow the 1200 to do this have been designed by a team led by graduate engineer Stefan Hans. The technology being in its infancy, there's still a lot of time before we see a self-driving motorcycle become a normal thing. The goal of the prototype is to gain additional knowledge relating to the driving dynamics in order to detect unsafe situations prematurely and support the driver with appropriate safety systems for example, turning at intersections or when braking suddenly.

The plan here, thankfully, isn't to take over the role of the rider completely so don't bank on seeing autonomous BMW motorcycles on the market anytime soon. Instead, as with the original concept, the ambition is to make cycling "more comfortable and increase the riding pleasure".


BMW hasn't fully disclosed the suite of technology required for its prototype, which allows the bike to ride on its own, but everything required fits into two cases mounted on either side of the seat. Well, the entire objective of this exercise is to create new autonomous safety systems for motorcycles. With the goal of maximum innovation and highest possible quality, BMW Motorrad and BMW Automobile have a close alliance in this field too, where this material has always been used in series production.

Future BMW motorcycles will be safer than ever before. Just as the world began to forget all about it, BMW Motorrad pulled this out of its hat. Here is another way BMW Motorrad benefits from close cooperation with BMW Automobiles.

Given motorbike riders are far more likely to be injured or killed in road accidents, improving their safety is something BMW has long prioritised.

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