Taking motorcycle riding to the next level, the German motorcycle maker BMW Motorrad has tested a riderless bike concept named as ConnectedRide.The company claims that this new concept is developed to make motorcycle riding safer. In the testing video, the company has showcased a riderless BMW R1200GS model bike is moving on its own and accelerates, navigate curves and braking all on its own. It can also start off and deploys the kickstand without human intervention.
Speaking about the new invention, Steven Hans, Safety Engineer, BMW Motorrad, said " the prototype model helps us to expand the knowledge about vehicles dynamics. So that we can classify the rider's behaviour and determine if the future situation will become dangerous or not. If so we can inform, warn or intervene directly. In this project, it is not our goal to develop a fully automated motorcycle. We want to improve motorcycle safety."
A couple of years ago, BMW Motorrad has unveiled the concept model of an autonomous motorcycle - BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 as a part of its Vision Next 100 models. The Japanese bike maker, Honda also showcased a motorcycle concept with self-balancing technology. Like BMW and Honda, the other bike makers KTM and Ducati are also working on the rider aiding technologies. Once these rider assist technologies came into the real-time usage, the bike riding will become easy and safe.
(Image Courtesy: BMW Motorrad)