What Future Technology Could Mean For Motorcycle Safety


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BMW recently released a concept motorcycle that claims helmets and padded clothing will be unnecessary in the distant future.

The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 has some very impressive features such as self-balancing wheels, a flexible frame, electric motor, and an “electric safety cage.” The functions of these features is to, more or less, make driving a motorcyclist so safe that padded clothing and a helmet would no longer be needed. Although, it is uncertain just how many of these features will be available in the future, and if the technology will be as safe as BMW claims.

As the Tesla crash in Florida of late June has shown, it only takes one technological error to cause a fatal accident. The “electronic safety cage,” for example, is designed to communicate with other vehicles and give live feedback to the driver via a visor that would replace a helmet. This technology could make riding a motorcycle far more safe. On the other hand, it would only take one technological malfunction to cause a dangerous situation, as was the case in the Florida Tesla crash. Although, that’s not to suggest that these technologies wouldn’t make riding a motorcycle safer.

Other features of the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 provide a smoother ride. The bike’s flexible frame provides easier maneuvering around corners, while the self balancing wheels allow the motorcycle to stand on its own at rest without assistance of the rider. In fact, the wheels replace the necessity of shocks and would adjust tread as required based on road conditions.

Vehicle technology is becoming ambitious, as evidenced by the recent zero traffic fatality goals and autonomous car litigation in California. However, no matter how safe motorcycles become due to advanced technology, it is always a better idea to wear padded clothing and a helmet.

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