Driver­less two-wheeler can act as ‘scout’ for po­lice

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi po­lice forces are look­ing at adopt­ing what is be­ing billed as the world’s fastest driver­less mo­tor­bike.

Nerve’s Au­ton­o­mous Street Racer – which has been recorded hit­ting 300kph – is among the ve­hi­cles on dis­play at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Fu­ture Mo­bil­ity in Dubai.

The Dan­ish auto firm said the bike can be rid­den as nor­mal, can take over in the event of a pos­si­ble col­li­sion or can ride with­out a pi­lot us­ing its own com­puter.

So­eren Ekelund, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer at Nerve, said: “Dubai Po­lice and Abu Dhabi po­lice have been in­ter­ested in us­ing them for scout­ing pur­poses. You can go to a place where it is too dan­ger­ous to pro- By Shoshana Ke­dem ceed, he [the of­fi­cer] can then jump off and let the motorcycle scout for him ahead. But that’s an ap­pli­ca­tion that is sev­eral years into the fu­ture.” De­vel­oper Klaus Petersen said the bike was de­vel­oped with “its own eyes and ears” to make rid­ing safer. He said: “You can pro­gramme the bike to tell it you’re a novice driver. “If you were on a track it would guide you around the track. You would be the pas­sen­ger, it would show you the cor­rect way to drive it, with the power turned down. And grad­u­ally you would take over and it could ap­ply more and more power.

“The most im­por­tant part is all the safety sys­tems. For in­stance, if you’re a novice driver, and a car comes out in front of you, in­stead of crash­ing, the bike takes over, slows down and steers you around the ve­hi­cle. Just like be­ing on the back of a ro­bot rid­ing around.”

CEO Ekelund said “right now the ve­hi­cle is made as a rich boys toy, a record-break­ing race-ma­chine”, but he be­lieves it will be­come an op­tion for law en­force­ment.

Nerve will make five of the bikes this year, with the first models rolled out by the end of 2017.

Ekelund said the firm is in talks with the UAE’s W Mo­tors to dis­cuss a Dubai launch. Ekelund added: “We are in talks with the govern­ment about that. In any case the de­liv­er­ies with be late 2017/2018, and at that time we’ll prob­a­bly have com­pleted talks with the min­istries.”

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