BWM, celebrating its 100th birthday, recently revealed a new line of concept vehicles in honor of it. However, its fourth and last example vehicle might be the most daring of all. Its new Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle would supposedly be so smart that you wouldn’t need a helmet, or even a padded suit.
The key here would be a self-balancing system that keeps the motorcycle upright whether or not you’re moving! Newbies wouldn’t have to worry about toppling over, and veterans could push limits further than ever before.
The sleek design rids of the usual space for an instrument cluster because you won’t need it. Most information would instead display through a smart visor that shows data (like MPH, gas levels, etc) as it becomes relevant. This allows you to spend more time enjoying open air driving and less time worrying about your speed or range. BMW will only say that this is a “zero-emission” bike, but it’d likely be electric.
Like the other Vision Next 100 concepts, you’re not going to see this exact motorcycle on the road any time soon. However, it might not just be due to the grand technological ambitions. While a self-balancing system could prevent you from crashing the bike yourself, it wouldn’t protect you in many serious collisions. What if you’re forcefully ejected from your vehicle? Regulators would likely require some kind of helmet, even if it’s not as cumbersome as what you wear today.