The future is top of mind for the BMW Group as they develop new concept vehicles which may become available in a few decades.
After making their mark with BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce, the company has taken the covers off their concept motorbike called BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100.
The bike was unveiled in Los Angeles at the “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” exhibition on October 11th.
This stunning motorcycle can balance itself and the rider does not need a helmet. The only gear needed is a pair of advanced glasses.
The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 was designed with the digitization of our world in mind. Vehicles will be driverless in upcoming decades, and digital services will organize our lives, an advantage BMW hopes to capitalize on.
The Great Escape
BMW Group has a vision of vehicles where web connectivity is standard. This technology adds to the experience of motorbikes where the rider can escape and feel a sense of freedom. Head of Design at BMW Motorrad Edgar Heinrich says the bike is The Great Escape and included it in the name of the product.
This bike will be powered by a zero-emissions engine and will most likely run on electricity. The powered train was designed to look like the BMW boxer engine, making it the hottest feature of this product.
But it’s the self-balance feature that takes the cake. This bike can stay upright while moving or stationary. If you know how motorcycles react today when bumped, or on slippery surfaces, then you will appreciate this advanced feature.
Same Experience, Enhanced Safety & Freedom.
The Motorrad uses digital technology to take the experience of riding a bike to the next level. It connects the rider, bike and the road with computer intelligence, adding to the feeling of freedom that comes with riding a bike.
This combination helps predict critical road conditions. Active assistance systems also help keep riders in complete control of their machine. It offers active rider protection and this will make the helmets and body protectors of today a thing of history.
Advanced Visor and Body Suit Technology
The Visor is where most communication between the rider and the bike happens. These glasses will cover the entire field of vision which provides protection from the wind, and also shows relevant data.
The visor is controlled by the rider’s eyes. The content changes if they look up, down, or straight ahead. Looking straight ahead shuts the visor content off completely. Information is also shown if the rider needs to take immediate action.
When hitting higher speeds, extra support is provided to the upper vertebrae by inflating the neck section. This also improves overall comfort, and even features openings for ventilation.
However, the rider’s outfit concept for the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 provides no additional safety. The on-board intelligent assistance systems make any safety features useless.
The suit does have sensors to help track the rider’s pulse, temperature, and offers temperature adjustments. Additional features in the suit include navigation instructions via vibrations in the legs and arms. This alerts the rider about dangerous angles while turning.
The Rider and the Motorbike become connected as one unit which intensifies the experiencing of riding. Edgar Heinrich states it this way: "The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 unites the best of both worlds – digital and analogue – for the ultimate emotional experience: The Great Escape."
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