Ghost rider: BMW unveils autonomous motorcycle

Ghost rider: BMW unveils autonomous motorcycle

BMW Motorrad presents autonomous driving BMW R 1200 GS. Developed by graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team, the vehicle independently drives off, accelerates, circles a winding test track and independently slows down to a stop.

In the past few months, we've seen different manufacturers working on motorcycles with some sort of of autonomous technology.

"The prototype helps us to expand our knowledge about the vehicle's dynamics so that we can classify the rider's behavior and determine if a future situation will become risky or not", Stefan Hans, a Motorrad safety engineer, says in the video. This riderless motorcycle allows them to play with data and sensors without the inconsistencies of a human rider, and also allows them to figure out how to effectively control the bike in cases where safety systems must protect the rider from imminent danger. "It's the proof that the underlying dynamic model is detailed enough to cope with the whole riding dynamics, so we can use that knowledge to develop further comfort and safety systems".

The reveal took place at the company's testing grounds in Miramas, southern France during BMW Motorrad Techday 2018, sending purists scrambling for safe spaces where they can curl up into a fetal position and weep. The bike itself is a BMW Motorrad R 1200 GS adventure bike. Also shown was a motorcycle frame manufactured completely using a 3D printing process, including a rear swinging arm. Here's to trusting BMW and other, less premium brands can acquire the innovation to the motorcycle in the near future. The electronic system will help to build the safe path detour obstacles, and gyroscopes will improve the stability of the motorcycle in extreme situations.