BMW Motorrad previews autonomous bike

BMW RGS Autonomous

This week BMW Motorrad - the motorcycle division of the German vehicle company - showed a prototype driverless bike on a test track accelerating, navigating curves, and braking all on its own. As odd as it is to see an autonomous auto cruising with no driver it's stranger still to see a motorcycle cruising with no one at the controls. It's alive! Say hello to BMW's latest creation: the robotic R 1200 GS.

Last week, in front of a group of journalists, BMW demonstrated the capabilities of the autonomous BMW R 1200 GS on track at Miramas.

What BMW is doing is using the platform to develop future systems and functions that can make motorcycling safer, more comfortable, and increase riding pleasure.

Although self-driving vehicle technology has the potential to save millions of lives on an annual basis (despite a handful of unfortunate incidents), it's arguably not the form of transportation that poses the biggest risks to riders. This tech keeps drivers from having accidents every day. In Munich, safety researchers have been using the autonomous motorcycle to test out features for its real motorcycles to handle risky situations.

Dua Lipa fans waving rainbow flags dragged from Shanghai concert
She added: "I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows". Today Dua Lipa issued an official statement on social media, writing that she was "horrified" by what occurred.

If you thought motorcycles were exempt from the onslaught of self-driving technology, you thought wrong.

There is still ways to go before motorcycle safety technologies catch up to the ones already offered in cars-that is if you're the kind of rider who would welcome these systems with open arms.

Autonomous, or driverless, cars are a concept most of us are familiar with and testing has been taking place on public roads.

The prototype machine was developed by graduate engineer, Stefan Hans, and his team and can accelerate away from a standstill, turn corners and stop without a rider on board.

Related News:

  • Samsung teases a '4x fun' Galaxy Event in October

    Samsung teases a '4x fun' Galaxy Event in October

    In particular, the invitation carries the tagline "4x Fun", which could mean the upcoming device will boast four cameras. What does Samsung have in store? The invite says "4x fun" too, but we don't now know exactly what that will refer to.
    YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch

    YouTube now lets parents decide exactly what kids can watch

    The "Older Kids" mode expands the video content they can now view to include popular music and gaming videos, and more. YouTube also urges parents to block and flag inappropriate content that might have seeped past YouTube Kids' filters.

    Mass evacuations ordered as Hurricane Florence approaches US

    Officials said some 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to evacuate, but it was unclear how many did. Wednesday, the Category 4 storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and moving northwest at about 16 mph.
  • Fewer Americans Say Donald Trump is Intelligent Than Ever Before

    Fewer Americans Say Donald Trump is Intelligent Than Ever Before

    Trump's overall approval rating was the lowest in the polls by CNN, ABC News/Washington Post, and IBD/TIPP at 36 percent. According to Vox, only one poll conducted by Rasmussen gave the president an approval rating above 45 percent.
    Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

    Space Station astronaut captures mammoth Hurricane Florence from directly above

    The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began battering the coast of North and South Carolina Thursday with strong winds and rain. She said the water in some areas had topped mailboxes, and in low-lying places filled the first and second floors of homes.
    Everton ace Richarlison asked whether he would join Real Madrid

    Everton ace Richarlison asked whether he would join Real Madrid

    Tite insisted the match showed positive signs despite El Salvador's lowly footballing status, "The idea of football remains unchanged, independent of the opponent".
  • Nintendo Switch is getting wireless NES controllers

    Nintendo Switch is getting wireless NES controllers

    Ultimate Set, a bundle including a digital copy of the game complete with Super Smash Bros . One of the Wii U's launch titles is making its way to Switch in a new Deluxe package.
    Apple ditches free headphone adapter with new iPhones

    Apple ditches free headphone adapter with new iPhones

    At $750 in the U.S. (around R11,000 - but the official South African price has not yet been released), the XR isn't exactly cheap. They hit stores on September 21, 2018 with the iPhone XS priced at $999 (£999) and the XS Max a whopping $1,099 (£1,099).

    Jane Doe Victim of 'The Predator' Sex Offender Speaks Out

    A Fox spokesman told The Washington Post last week that the studio had not been aware of Striegel's background when he was hired. Several of her co-stars have since released public statements in support of the actress. "I'm very sorry to anybody".
  • Hurricane Florence: Over 188,000 without power as monster storm batters Carolinas

    The outer bands of Hurricane Florence began battering the coast of North and South Carolina Thursday with strong winds and rain. Spanish moss waved in the trees as the winds picked up in Wilmington, and floating docks bounced atop swells at Morehead City.
    Trump Administration Transferred $9.8 Million From FEMA To ICE

    Trump Administration Transferred $9.8 Million From FEMA To ICE

    Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Houlton also stated that DHS did not shift disaster relief funding away from FEMA . Money was also taken from other agencies, including millions from the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S.
    Chelsea winger Willian wants five more years at Stamford Bridge

    Chelsea winger Willian wants five more years at Stamford Bridge

    If you want to become a bigger club, then you need more than one or two star names - you need a strong group and substitutes. The 34-year-old now plays for Turkish club Sivasspor .


Most liked

Hurricane Florence drenches North Carolina
A hurricane warning is in effect for South Santee River, SC, north to Duck, NC, and the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. High winds and storm surge from Hurricane Florence hits Swansboro N.C., September 14, 2018.

Donald Trump: China 'Under Pressure' to Make a Deal with United States
China accuses the United States of launching "the largest trade war in economic history" and has retaliated in kind. That shows "neither side is 'winning, '" because "both are equally prone to losing companies", the chamber said.

Gordon Hayward Playing Full-Contact 5-On-5
Now, however, he said he has been playing full-court, 5-on-5 games for two weeks with "pretty much no restrictions". Yes, this was a big press conference, essentially a second welcome for All-Star wing Gordon Hayward.

Tropical Storm Isaac expected to regain hurricane strength
No coastal watches or warnings are in effect, and the NHC forecast track shows the storm heading west towards Central America. Isaac weakened into a tropical storm Monday and by Tuesday recorded maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour .

Apple 2018 Event Recap: iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr, Apple Watch
Luckily, if you owned a previous iPhone that came with a wired dongle, you can still use that with the new Apple handsets. Release date: The iPhone XR will be available in three different variants - 64GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Teen killed when exploded chimney falls on auto
Off-ramps into the towns have been closed while on-ramps remain open to allow residents to get out of the affected areas. The three communities house more than 146,000 residents and are located about 42 kilometres north of Boston .

Chelsea's Matt Miazga Mocks Height Of Mexico's Diego Lainez
The 23-year-old Chelsea star is 6ft 4ins, with the 18-year-old Club América winger coming in at 5ft 6ins. After that, with Mexico playing with ten men, the United States pounced with a goal from Tyler Adams .

Paul Manafort expected to plead guilty, avoid second trial
The discovery of his witness contacts led to a superseding indictment in June and Manafort's jailing ahead of his trial. It's also unclear how any deal would affect Manafort's pursuit of an eventual pardon from Trump.

Region now under hurricane, storm surge watches
The storm was about 880 miles east of the Lesser Antilles - a region still recovering from last year's powerful Hurricane Maria. North Carolina's governor, Roy Cooper, said: "North Carolina is taking #HurricaneFlorence seriously, and you should too".

Jeff Bezos is donating money to fix a problem his company perpetuates
Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos is launching a $2 billion fund to help homeless families and build preschools in low-income communities. Michael Bloomberg, the owner of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News, also is a signatory.

Hurricane Helene has Britain in its sights
Power services could be impacted, with other services like mobile phone coverage also potentially affected. Some roads and bridges may close.

Paul Manafort reaches ‘tentative’ plea deal with Robert Mueller
Word of the agreement comes as Manafort's second trial was slated to begin later this month in federal court in Washington , D.C. Another trial was to begin later this month based on charges filed against Manafort a year ago in Washington , DC.

Stone in South African cave boasts oldest-known human drawing
He told Reuters that while the team would be " hesitant to call it art ", it nearly definitely had "some meaning to the maker". An abstract drawing from the 73,000-year-old levels at Blombos Cave, South Africa .

More than 300,000 without power as Hurricane Florence batters North Carolina
More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm began buffeting the coast, and more than 12,000 were in shelters. Coastal streets were inundated with ocean water, causing damage to dozens of homes and businesses, officials said.

European Parliament Approves Controversial New Copyright Laws
"For the sake of the internet's future, we urge you to vote for the deletion of this proposal", they wrote . Another vote is planned for January, but Reda believes the final decision will be made next autumn.