BMW's tech step too far

MCN - - LIFE ON BIKES - Michael Price, email

I have to dis­agree with BMW’s Ste­fan Hams (MCN, Septem­ber 19). The is­sue is not safety, but money: riders crash bikes, BMW sell bikes, so if they can demon­strate tech­nol­ogy to stop (in­com­pe­tent?) riders crash­ing, the EU will in­sist on th­ese ex­pen­sive elec­tron­ics be­ing used on all bikes, so BMW will be able to put up prices and make more money. The com­par­i­son with cars is in­ter­est­ing. A friend has a Mercedes packed with clever sen­sors but it beeps con­stantly and dis­tract­ingly be­cause the road is nar­row or it can’t find the white line or the sur­face is bro­ken or an­other ve­hi­cle/wall/hedge is too close for the sys­tem’s lik­ing. I’ll be­lieve in the rid­er­less BMW tech when it can cope with a course I set on my lo­cal moon­scape roads with their pot­holes over­band­ing, diesel, mud and gravel.

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