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Old 10-12-2016, 10:02 AM   #1
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BMW presents its self-balancing motorcycle of the future

The motorcycle of the future is so safe riders can cruise without helmet -- all of the thrills with none of the danger -- according to BMW.

The German automaker unveiled on Tuesday its Motorrad Vision Next 100, a sleek, self-balancing prototype the company released as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.

The zero-emissions bike has self-balancing wheels designed to stand upright even at a complete stop, stability that the company says will allow riders to forgo riding a helmet.

Its self-balancing system will help protect the rider at any time," said Edgar Heinrich, the design director of BMW's motorcycle division. "Any late reaction from the driver will trigger and the vehicle will balance out."

"In the future, motorcycle riders will be able to enjoy riding without protective gear."

The world's top maker of luxury vehicles has also premiered this year a futuristic BMW sports car with a flexible body, as well as a self-driving Rolls-Royce and an electric Mini model.

Company representatives said that riding without a helmet remains a fantasy for now, though.

Many countries mandate the protective gear and self-balancing technology is still in the developmental stage -- if the latest concept vehicle becomes a reality, it likely won't be before 2030.

Despite its contemporary features the bike will not be fully autonomous, the company said.

"We do not envision autonomy on motorcycles," said Heinrich, as the driverless autopilot system has faced global scrutiny following fatal crashes in northern China in January and in the US state of Florida in May.

In September, a Tesla electric car crashed into a tourist bus on a motorway in northern Germany, after the driver who was the only one slightly injured claimed he had activated the autopilot system.

BMW aims to commercialize fully autonomous vehicles by 2021, a company spokesman told AFP.

The Munich-based group has been collaborating with US computer chip giant Intel and the Israeli technology firm Mobileye to develop self-driving cars.

Last year, the Munich-based group also joined forces with its German rivals Daimler and Audi, the luxury subsidiary of Volkswagen, to buy the Here digital mapping service from Nokia to assist in the effort
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So safe you can ride without a helmet?

Cars don't fall over when you come to a stop but people still wear seatbelts.
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So safe you can ride without a helmet?

Cars don't fall over when you come to a stop but people still wear seatbelts.
The BMW is crash proof
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Probably the same morons who think banning guns will stop gun violence.
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this bmw is the future!

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They already enjoy doing this.

They just don't enjoy crashing.
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I thought the ABS was going to stop all crashes..
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anyone notice that the engine appears to be a boxer, which has already been used in their perfectly balanced bikes?
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my bmw is going back in the shop for the third time with the same bs electrical problem. Its about 2 months old with 2k miles


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