BMW's autonomous R1200GS on video

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Autonomous BMW R 1200 GS 14 830x553

BMW says some of the safety tech developed through the programme may soon become available on future production motorcycles.

The automotive industry is fascinated by the idea of self-driving cars and the convenience and safety benefits they will eventually provide.

The prototype started life as an R 1200 GS model and comes with an antenna installed on a storage case behind the driver's seat.

In a recent media preview at the BMW Motorrad Techday 2018 in Miramas, France, an autonomous motorcycle, a BMW R 1200 GS, was put through the paces.

Rider safety aid in the motorcycling world has seen a meteoric rise in the last couple of years, be it airbag-equipped suits or something outrageous like Bosch's thruster technology. Who knows? There could eventually be a demand for self-riding bikes-though I don't see the purpose-but something something urban mobility. This riderless motorcycle allows them to play with data and sensors without the inconsistencies of a human rider, and also allows them to figure out how to effectively control the bike in cases where safety systems must protect the rider from imminent danger. However, the ability of the bike to drive, turn and lean, without a rider, is simply astonishing. In Munich, safety researchers have been using the autonomous motorcycle to test out features for its real motorcycles to handle unsafe situations. However, because of the C1's partially closed cockpit, watching it ride around the track without someone in the saddle wasn't as unsettling as watching BMW's latest contribution to the self-driving realm go.

Autonomous, or driverless, cars are a concept most of us are familiar with and testing has been taking place on public roads.

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