BMW's Tron-style, self-balancing vision motorbike
17 October 2016
Futuristic glasses, self-balancing and smart clothing are just some of the amazing features on the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 and it’s already here!
Edgar Heinrich, designer of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, states that “when we develop a motorcycle, we are usually thinking around five to ten years in the future.”
The creators have certainly thought of the future when designing this motorcycle. One of the most basic features on a bike, the stand, is gone, transforming the ride entirely. New, assistance systems ensure perfect balance to help the bike remain stable during the ride and when it stops. This means the level of safety for the rider increases, making it easier for beginners as they cannot fall over. Experienced riders will find the bike becomes more agile, making the riding experience more dynamic. The assistance systems also expand the rider’s capabilities, giving them more confidence from start to finish.
The bike hopes to engage the rider and machine in a direct exchange. This is achieved through the visor, a pair of data glasses comprising the entire field of view with an added wind protection function. The visor updates the bike on the route and is able to project these updates on the screen for the rider. If the rider looks straight ahead, no data is visible but only when action is required or if the rider requests it – for example in case of hazards – does the information display itself.
The display shows the current angle of lean and the ideal line. If there is any deviation, the rider can adjust or if they fail to do so, the bike corrects itself. Looking up will display a rear-view mirror function, looking down displays a menu when you can trigger each function using hand gestures and gazing further down will reveal the map.
The ‘engine’ is placed amid the frame. Depending on the riding style, the exterior shape of the opposed-twin engine changes. When at a standstill, it lies tight and as soon as you begin riding, the engine block protrudes out of the sides. This allows it to optimise the aerodynamics and enhanced weather protection. The frame of the bike is flexible, if the handlebars are moved the whole frame changes shape in the designated direction to allow for a smoother ride.
The clothing designed alongside the bike could do away with protection pads entirely. An A/C function is incorporated into the clothing and a flexible belt structure on the suit and shoes are inspired from human muscle cords. Not only does the bike contain navigational signals but vibrations on the arms and legs can inform the rider of necessary moves and the suit can indicate when a tilt angle is at its limit.
This zero-emission vehicle is another design in BMW’s VISION NEXT 100 concept for the future and is already here!
For more information, visit the BMW Motorrad website.