Not satisfied with trying to redefine its big-twins, BMW has done some blatant corporate boasting by releasing a video
of a self-riding R1200GS development mule.
If you’re wondering what the point of a riderless bike is, you’re not alone. But as well as being a display of BMW’s technological muscle it’s a useful engineering exercise.
Like Yamaha with its MotoBot, developing computer systems and control methods to ride a bike completely unassisted helps designers learn more about the dynamic subtleties of riding, while designing more effective riding aids.
By Ben Purvis