IG­NI­TION

BMW Motorrad have be­come the world’s first ma­jor mo­tor­cy­cle com­pany to present a work­ing pro­to­type of an au­ton­o­mous bike

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BMW MOTORRAD RE­CENTLY show­cased a fully au­ton­o­mous R 1200 GS at the com­pany’s Tech­day 2018 event held at the BMW Group test­ing grounds in Mi­ra­mas, France. The bike, which was shown to a se­lect group of jour­nal­ists, started off and went on to ride the wind­ing test track and even came to a stop af­ter­wards with­out an in­ci­dent. While cit­ing this as a ma­jor tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment, BMW Motorrad also men­tioned that they did not want to pro­mote this as an in­de­pen­dent mo­tor­cy­cle but high­light the tech­nol­ogy in­volved in the bike. The com­pany says that the un­der­ly­ing tech­nol­ogy can be used in the fu­ture to make mo­tor­cy­cles safer and more com­fort­able while of­fer­ing greater rid­ing plea­sure.

Although BMW Motorrad did not re­veal all the tech that has gone into mak­ing the au­ton­o­mous mo­tor­cy­cle a re­al­ity, they did say that the com­pany had an as­so­ci­a­tion with BMW Au­to­mo­biles for many of the in­no­va­tive fea­tures that are em­ployed in the self-rid­ing R 1200 GS.

Along with the au­ton­o­mous mo­tor­cy­cle, BMW Motorrad also show­cased new in­no­va­tions such as laser head­lamp, cor­ner­ing lights, 3D printed bike frames, and swing-arms. The com­pany says that a process for 3D print­ing of com­plex com­po­nents that are oth­er­wise dif­fi­cult to man­u­fac­ture us­ing con­ven­tional pro­cesses is al­ready in place.

The Ger­man com­pany also show­cased its V2V (Ve­hi­cle to Ve­hi­cle) com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems that help two- and four-wheel­ers to “talk” to each other on the road us­ing dig­i­tal net­work­ing to pre­clude ac­ci­dents.

BMW’s frame mo­tor­cy­cle printed swingarm 3D with a com­plete

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