- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Iconic automaker BMW unveiled a concept motorcycle in Los Angeles on Tuesday that gives a glimpse into the future: It will be almost impossible for a rider to accidentally crash the vehicle.

Reporters at “Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience” were treated to the Motorrad Vision Next100, a bike that incorporates modern technology, a “flexframe” carbon fiber shell, and a digital suit into a single product that protects its owner. The bike was the final installment of the company’s concept vehicles for its 100th anniversary.

“The vision vehicle will act with foresight and is able to protect the rider at any time,” Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad’s head of design, told Wired Wednesday.

Mr. Heinrich added that the bike’s flexframe, which turns with the bike’s handlebars, “allow us to introduce new steering movements that are very far removed from today’s geometries.”

The bike’s vibrating suit and digital googles (no helmet required), are able to aid in steering, help avoid emergencies and convey other essential information to the driver.

The Motorrad Vision Next100 also includes special gyroscopes to keep the bike from tipping over when stopped, tires with variable tread that adjusts to different conditions and an “electronic safety cage” that communicates with road sensors.

“The motorcycle provides my escape from everyday life. From the moment I climb on board, I experience nothing but absolute freedom,” Mr. Heinrich said during the bike’s reveal, quoting Steve McQueen’s 1963 classic movie “The Great Escape.”


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