BMW Motorrad’s first autonomous motorbike was presented last week at the BMW Motorrad Techday in Miramas, southern France.
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. With this forward-thinking development, BMW Motorrad, is by no means aiming for a completely independent motorbike. Rather, the underlying technology should serve as a platform for development of future systems and functions to make motorcycling even safer, and more comfortable.The aim of the prototype is to gather additional knowledge with regards to driving dynamics in order to detect dangerous situations early on and thus support the driver with appropriate safety systems to ensure safety.
BMW Motorrad presented many more exciting technology projects such as Luminous motorcycle headlights from cornering lights to laser headlights; as well as a motorcycle frame manufactured completely using a 3D printing process, including a rear swinging arm. This manufacturing process has already made its way into series production for various vehicles. The advantage of 3D printing lies in the complete freedom of designing components that could not be produced in other ways.
The innovative processes used in the production of motorcycle chassis components, such as frame, swinging arm and wheels are made from the lightweight, yet high-strength material carbon – already industrially manufactured in the BMW HP4 RACE. 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 long been used in series production.
BMW Motorrad has always been a leader in innovation, and have shown how the rapid pace of digitization will be shaping the future of motorcycling. To read about other innovations produced by BMW and more information on the Autonomous Motorcycle click on their links below.