A motorcycle that will go, stop, corner and maneuver on its own.
Not only Yamaha but BMW has also been working on autonomous motorcycle technology for the last few years. Stefan Hans, a team member, said, "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 unsafe or not".
The motorcycle uses similar technologies to those already featured in vehicles such as the 7-Series and 5-Series sedans, utilising high-definition cameras and radar sensors to read its surroundings. Well, even they can't hold a candle to what BMW Motorrad has done. Using the results from this research, BMW wants to build semi-autonomous motorcycles that can execute safety manoeuvres depending on the situation. Watch the testing for yourself in the video above, and know it's not a ghost aboard the bike; it's simply self-riding technology.
The prototype bike also features a number of other innovations adapted from its passenger auto division, such as laser headlights that project further down the road than regular beams, while its frame was manufactured using a 3D printing process. The advantage of 3D printing lies in the complete freedom of designing components that could not be produced in other ways. BMW promises it has no intention to take away riders' freedoms, but a safer motorcycle never sounds like a poor idea. Above all, the V2V communication between vehicles are in the foreground further enhancing safety and comfort for the motorcyclist through digital networking.