After all, all they have to do is go, stop and steer, right?
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.
Munich-based researchers have spent two years and hundreds of hours testing and developing the systems on display, making them the first company to test a German-made self-riding motorcycle.
With this forward-thinking development, BMW Motorrad, as a driver for technical innovations in the field of motorcycling, is by no means aiming for a completely independent motorbike.
But what about self-riding bikes?
Last year BMW revealed to the world the R1200RS ConnectedRide prototype; with a host of technologies including Vehicle to Vehicle Communication and a Differential Global Navigation Satellite System, it aimed to make riding a motorcycle safer, more connected and less risky. The advantage of 3D printing lies in the complete freedom of designing components that could not be produced in any other way. 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 promises it has no intention to take away riders' freedoms, but a safer motorcycle never sounds like a poor idea. Just as the world began to forget all about it, BMW Motorrad pulled this out of its hat.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently issued a report calling for the deployment of more electronic motorcycle safety tech.