Wanna feel obsolete? Researchers at BMW have devised a self-riding motorcycle that can start from a stop, negotiate curves and corners, and come back to a halt, all without a human operator. And it's all in the name of science and safer riding.
BMW Motorrad, the company's two-wheeled division, developed this ConnectedRide self-driving motorcycle as a testbed for advanced motorcycle safety equipment. The autono-bike is being used to help researchers and engineers integrate safety systems and make them operate more smoothly with a human rider—systems that might help you navigate around an obstacle, or prevent you from drifting out of your lane.
The goal is to develop advanced safety systems that will help motorcyclists stay in control during emergency braking or when negotiating intersections or tight turns, similar to the lane-keeping, autonomous braking, and front impact avoidance programs that many automobiles offer today.
In this demonstration video, BMW is quick to point out that it doesn't actually want to make humans irrelevant in motorcycling. Rather, this self-guided bike helps BMW develop systems that will make motorcycling safer and easier. But there's just something hilarious about watching this motorcycle trundle around on its own. Even robots love a joyride.