BMW Unveils The First Driverless Motorcycle

At the Miramas testing ground circuit in Provence, France, last week, the German automaker unveiled its first autonomous motorbike, based on the best-selling BMW R1200 GS model.

Developed by graduate engineer Stefan Hans and his team, the driverless motorcycle independently drove off, accelerated, circled a winding test track and independently slowed down to a complete stop.

Despite the amazing feeling to see this artificial intelligence-powered bike driving around the racetrack, BMW said that it has no intention, at least in the near future, to sell a “completely independent motorbike,” and that the underlying technology will be used as a platform to develop future systems and functions to make motorcycling safer and more comfortable.