The New BMW Motorcycle Can Balance on Its Own

October 12, 2016

2:30 pm

When summer rolls around, motorcycles can be found on every street in a major city. From the loud rev of the engine to the wind in your hair, these two-wheeled vehicles are one of the most poular means of getting around. And if you’ve been afraid to tackle these motorized monsters of freedom because you don’t think you can balance them on your own, you don’t have to be anymore.

BMW has released a new motorcycle that, you guessed it, can balance by itself. The stunningly futuristic bike, dubbed the Motorrad Vision Next100, looks like a Tron prototype and is equipped with a wide range of gyroscopes that makes it so you never have to put your foot down when riding, even when stopped at a red light. Which, let’s be honest, is the only problem with motorcycle technology. And BMW is happy to fix it.

“The world is rapidly changing. New solutions are needed,” said Harald Krüger, BMW’s board of management chairman, to USA Today. “BMW’s goal is to shape tomorrow’s premium mobility.”

For the last year, BMW has been celebrating their centennial with a bevy of unique and futuristic vehicles. From a concept Rolls Royce that can drive by itself to a Mini with digital compatibility, the popular car company is making a push towards the future. And the motorcycle is the most obvious next step for the automotive world.

“Riding a motorcycle is the ultimate sensual and analog experience in a more and more digital world,” said Edgar Heinrich, BMW Motorrad’s head of design to WIRED. “The wind in your hair, the centrifugal forces, the indescribable feeling in pit of your stomach.”

The advancements of technology are most apparent when looking at the automotive industry. Self-driving cars have taken over the road faster than anyone could have imagined. Augmented reality is poised to make windshields safer and more interactive than ever before. And now, motorcycles are getting the same treatment. In the most simple words, driving is going to be pretty awesome in a few years.

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Senior Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word “colloquially.”

Conor is the Senior Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at [email protected].

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