German auto maker BMW has unveiled a concept motorcycle that would be so smart and safe to ride that owners wouldn’t need a helmet.
The Motorrad Vision Next 100, unveiled to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday, would boast a self-balancing system to ensure the bike stayed upright at all times regardless of skill level.
In place of the helmet, riders would wear a smart visor displaying all of the vital data, while offering wind protection. Naturally, the bike is being called a zero-emission vehicle, which likely means it's electric.
While the bike will always remain upright, BMW also says the Motorrad will boast some rider assistive technologies that could prevent collisions.
“The assistance systems in the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 will not only anticipate and advise when action is needed but also intervene, when required, to keep riders safe,” BMW writes in a press release.
“Protective clothing such as helmets and padded suits will no longer be needed. Instead, riders will simply be able to enjoy the sensation of absolute freedom.”
Still, you’d probably be glad of a helmet if this concept ever comes to pass, right? Even the badasses on Sons of Anarchy wear them.
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