BMW’s Motorcycle Concept Will Not Require You to Wear Helmet
Motorcycles have a reputation for being dangerous vehicles, and there is certainly a grain of truth in that reputation. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car (NHTSA). More specifically, the fatal crash rate for motorcycles is 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles.
Statistics aside, there’s also the simple fact that motorcyclists contend with all the same hazards that drivers do, without any of the same protections. It’s the reason why emergency medical technicians often jokingly refer to riders as “organ donors,” and why many veteran motorcyclists deck themselves out head-to-toe in protective gear every time they ride.
However, the dangers surrounding motorcycling may become a thing of the past, as major manufacturers like BMW set their sights on producing “smarter” and safer motorcycles.
On October 11, the German automaker unveiled the Motorrad Vision Next 100, a super sleek and hyper futuristic motorcycle reminiscent of TRON.
The bike certainly boasts a radical form – its body is culled from an elegant carbon fiber shell that forms a bold swoosh-like shape – but it’s the planned capabilities of the bike that truly stand out: a zero-emission electric drive train, cutting-edge driver assistance systems, camera-based sensor technologies, and a self-balancing mechanism that makes it impossible to tip over, whether it’s standing still or in motion.
Additionally, the bike will be paired with an augmented reality headset called the Visor. The Visor’s purpose is to shield the rider’s eyes from the wind, but also to overlay important information on the rider’s view, including speed and navigation.
With the Motorrad, BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles blend the analog with the digital experience to make it possible for drivers to use them without protective clothing. That means the end-user experience is more about the freedom of the open road, with issues like safety handled by on-board artificial intelligence systems.
Of course, the Motorrad is still in the concept stage, so it may be a long while before we start seeing these awesome bikes on the road. Nevertheless, it is exciting to see what the future has in store for riders.
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