BMW's tech step too far
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.