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New BMW Motorcycle Can Balance Itself Even Without A Rider

The motorcycle of the future is here! And it vows to be so safe that you can ride it without even wearing a helmet!

BMW revealed the “Motorrad Vision Next 100” on its 100th-anniversary celebrations. It is a sleek, self-balancing motorbike designed to be safe and potent.

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As with most of the latest technologies, the bike will run on zero-emissions and will use eco-friendly technology. However, the most intriguing part is the bike’s ability to self-balance using its specially designed wheels. These wheels can stand upright even at a complete stop. This incredible level of stability means the riders can ride without any worries of falling due to lack of balance.

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Edgar Heinrich, the design director of BMW’s motorcycle division, said at the inauguration ceremony,

“It’s self-balancing system will help protect the rider at any time. 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.”

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But the company was quick to point out that despite the advancement in the technology, the dream of riding a bike without any protective gear remains elusive.

The reason is that almost all of the countries across the globe legally require riders to wear helmets and protective gear. As the self-balancing technology is still under development, more time will be consumed before this technology becomes foolproof.

The company also pointed out that despite its futuristic designs, the bike will not be fully autonomous.

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The driverless autopilot system has already been severely scrutinized globally following fatal accidents involving autonomous cars in northern China this year and in Florida in May.

In September, another Tesla electric car was involved in a crash with a tourist bus on a motorway in northern Germany.

The company hopes to commercialize their fully autonomous vehicles by 2021 but estimates that their self-balancing bikes will not be available anytime before 2030.

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The Munich-based vehicle giant is looking to collaborate with US computer chip giant Intel and the Israeli technology firm Mobileye to develop their self-driving cars.

Watch the video below featuring this cool bike:

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