BMW Motorrad develops a self-driving R 1200 GS adventure bike

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Still, it's not hard to imagine motorcycles one day joining the growing fleet of vehicles making deliveries sans drivers. Nearly never does one think about an autonomous motorcycle. And they've created one out of a BMW R 1200 GS. The bike is capable of reading its track ahead of it and can steer its way around as well. If a critical situation does arise, the system will warn, inform the rider, and if need be, directly intervene in the scenario. However, the ability of the bike to drive, turn and lean, without a rider, is simply astonishing.

BMW Motorrad stated that this self-driving vehicle is not being developed for consumers, but will instead be used to develop new safety features for conventional vehicles. In Munich, safety researchers have been using the autonomous motorcycle to test out features for its real motorcycles to handle unsafe situations.

So future BMW motorcycles could have advanced active safety technologies which could pull riders out of a possible collision, steer to avoid something in the road or even assist with lane change and cruise-control, similar to how active safety tech works on modern BMW cars.

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However, BMW Motorrad says it has no plans for completely eliminating the rider or developing an independent motorcycle.

Autonomous, or driverless, cars are a concept most of us are familiar with and testing has been taking place on public roads. This autonomous motorcycle is a BMW Motorrad GS R1200 adventure bike, and its panniers aren't filled with riding gear and clothing; rather they are filled with all sorts of tech allowing this bike to start from a stop, ride around corners and curves, and stop again without a human sitting atop the bike.

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