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