Over the years vehicle manufacturers are doing lots of research and development on safety and autonomy of vehicles. BMW has recently unveiled self-riding bike. As per source the self-riding bike is based on a BMW R1200GS, it is able to start off, steer and ride around a set track on its own and can sense hazard and take action accordingly.
As told to Motorcycle News “We can shift gears, we can steer the bike, but the fully automatic motorcycle is not our goal,” said BMW’s Active Motorcycle Safety expert, Stefan Hans. “This is about development and if we can create a bike that can cope with all riding tasks we can offer it as an assistance system for the rider.
“Safety is one of the main things that stop people riding motorcycles. If we look at the last 20 years, deaths in cars have gone down by 73%, while deaths on bikes only gone down by 38%.
“Technical advancement for safety has been much slower for bikes. For example, ABS on cars came 10 years before it did on bikes, traction control 20 years later. Cars now can intervene before something dangerous happens and we need to learn more about motorcycles to help riders avoid getting in a critical situation.”
The bike has a radar to observe what is happening on the road ahead, looking three seconds in advance and has automatic actuators on the steering, gearbox and brakes, the lessons learnt here will be applied directly to safety devices we’ll see in the next few years.
“The systems for normal riders don’t always have to take over, just make a reaction that would allow the rider to take action. A good example would be a rider looking at a view who doesn’t see a curve coming up. A blip of the brake or throttle could be enough to get the rider’s attention and for him to take control.”
BMW claims that new advancement will be helpful to save lives “We can monitor many dynamic aspects of the ride. We know how many people crash when they think they can’t got around the corner, even if the bike is capable of much more and we’ll be able to help with that by reducing engine torque or increasing lean within a set parameter.”
BMW is yet to give a timescale for production, but we hope to see a road-monitoring system with minor dynamic inputs within two years with more advanced systems further down the line.