BMW unveils its motorcycle of the future

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BMW revealed its latest concept motorcycle in Santa Monica, California on Oct. 12 as part of celebrations of its 100th birthday.

BMW revealed its latest concept motorcycle in Santa Monica, California on Oct. 12 as part of celebrations of its 100th birthday.

The Motorrad Vision Next 100 boasts a self-balancing feature which BMW says eliminates the need for protective gear — including a helmet.

What BMC calls a “digital companion” offers riding information and guidance to the rider. Should the system detect danger and if no action is taken by the rider, the digital companion will kick in and make the necessary corrective maneuvers.

The digital companion appears as a heads-up display in an augmented reality visor paired with the motorcycle. Data enters the rider’s field of view when called upon. If the rider looks straight ahead, no information is displayed.

The concept also includes clothing inspired by muscle cords that actively supports the rider. The clothes are equipped with vibrating elements on the arms and legs that act as indicators should the bike lean too far in one direction.

The Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept design was on display in Los Angeles through Oct. 19.


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