It had to happen.
Eventually someone was going to make an autonomous motorcycle. We're not sure why anyone would need a self-driving motorcycle, but BMW must feel that's beside the point. BMW Motorrad exhibited their first autonomous motorbike last week at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018 at their proving grounds in Miramas, France.
According to BMW Motorrad:
With this forward-thinking development, BMW Motorrad, as a driver for technical innovations in the field of motorcycling, is by no means aiming for a completely independent motorbike. Rather, the underlying technology should serve as a platform for development of future systems and functions to make motorcycling even safer, more comfortable and increase the riding pleasure. The aim of the prototype is to gather additional knowledge with regards driving dynamics in order to detect dangerous situations early on and thus support the driver with appropriate safety systems while turning at intersections or when braking suddenly, for example.
The specially built GS bristles with tech. In fact, the hardware dedicated to its self reliant locomotion is overshadowed by a 3D-printed frame and laser headlights.