BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 Motorbike
BMW have just debuted their motorcycle of the future as part of their ‘Vision Next’ 100 series, a programme which gives insights as to where the German giants see themselves heading in the next century. The bike concept is not only incredible to look it, it’s also incorporates so much AI tech that it eliminates the need for the rider to wear protective gear, including a helmet.
The best way to describe the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 without looking at the images is to say it’s the Bat Bike that Christian Bale wishes he had. The bike’s main feature is its self-balancing system, with the ‘flexframe’ extending in the length when it moves forward to enhance aerodynamics but also to protect the rider.
The bike is sleek to say the least, barring the chunky tyre at the rear. Beneath the carbon seat, two fine, Red, illuminated strips form the rear light and indicators, while another suitably futuristic touch is that there are very little controls on board with only a Red rocker switch on the end of the right handlebar.
There’s several systems in place on the Next 100 motorbike which help optimise the experience. One such system utilises the bike’s ‘Digital Companion’ and its ‘Visor’ (a pair of glasses that span the entire field of vision), both of which combine to return active feedback about road conditions to the rider while simultaneously adjusting the ride of the bike depending on the rider’s driving style.
The Visor is where things get really techy, however, with BMW saying it will help control and direct the bike. With BMW expecting driverless cars by 2040, the commands from the Visor are controlled by simply moving your eyes. Takes the phrase “keep your eyes on the road” to a whole new level!
Like most concepts, the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 Motorbike is unlikely to ever be produced, but we at least hope some of the technology will eventually make its way down to future Motorrad models.