BMW has showcased its concept for a smart, semi-autonomous motorcycle as the future of its Motorrad biking brand. The bike which forms part of the auto-maker’s Vision Next 100 project, is built with a single ‘flexframe’ design meaning that it can actively adjust and self-balance during direction changes and enable higher rigidity at top speeds.
The self-balancing frame keeps the bike upright not only in motion but also when stationary. When the motorcycle is resting, the unit stays small and lengthens as the bike begins to move enhancing aerodynamics and protecting the rider at high speed.
BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100
Artificial Intelligence assistant
Analogue riding experience
A key point was to make sure the constant digital presence doesn’t undermine the analogue riding experience. The display and operating concept works so subtly that the rider can enjoy an entirely natural biking experience, trusting the bike completely and enjoying complete freedom and ease. As interface designers, our job is to deliver the right amount of the right information at the best possible time and place,’ noted BMW’s head of user experience Holger Hampf. As with the other BMW Vision Next concept vehicles, the Motorrad design is extremely speculative with the company offering next to no details on bringing the vehicle into production. However, the automaker did suggest that the concept was a ‘coherent future scenario’ for its biking brand.