The systems that allow the 1200 to do this have been designed by a team led by graduate engineer Stefan Hans.
As BMW engineer Stefan Hans notes in the video, the company never actually set out to create a self-driving motorcycle - it just wanted to figure out ways to improve motorcycle safety for riders the same way lane-keeping and autonomous braking systems help keep auto drivers safe. Outlook on the future of motorcycle safety and technology in Miramas.
Earlier in the summer, we reported on the autonomous "bike": a self-riding BMW C1 that had been fitted with a flight of detection systems and mechanisms that was able to help the engineers safely put autonomous vehicle technologies to the test without putting an actual rider at risk.
Division BMW Motorrad took about its first unmanned motorcycle video, which demonstrates not only his ability to ride independently and learn about the features of the two-wheeled drone and how work was carried out.
Two years before that, in 2015, Yamaha has created a robot that was programmed to control a sports bike YZF-R1M at speeds up to 200 km/h. Also shown was a motorcycle frame manufactured completely using a 3D printing process, including a rear swinging arm. With the goal of maximum innovation and highest possible quality, BMW Motorrad and BMW Automobile have a close alliance in this field too, where this material has always been used in series production.
BMW's goal isn't to develop and sell autonomous motorcycles, though.
Given motorbike riders are far more likely to be injured or killed in road accidents, improving their safety is something BMW has long prioritised.