BMW’s Self-Balancing Motorcycle Doesn’t Require A Helmet
The artificially intelligent bike keeps its driver safe and in control at all times
As a celebration of being 100 years in the transportation business, BMW has been featuring innovative concepts for a number of their brands. To go along with a future where cars drive themselves, BMW has envisioned an artificially intelligent motorcycle, called the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, that looks like it should be parked in the Batcave alongside the Batmobile.
The Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is built from a single ‘flexframe’ carbon fibre shell that extends from the front to the rear wheel. The frame, which has no bearings or joints, responds dynamically when the driver turns the handlebars, relaxing and stiffening to any slight change. To go along with the future-forward frame, the bike will have a zero emissions drivetrain that is compact when the bike is stationary and will extend outward, to enhance aerodynamics and help protect the rider from the elements, with increased speed.