Wearing a helmet is pretty much a necessity when it comes to riding a motorbike. This is to protect the rider in the event of a crash where at the very least their heads will be protected. However what if in the future vehicles and motorbikes were smart enough where helmets are no longer necessary?
That’s the vision that BMW sees as they have taken off the wraps on their motorcycle concept, the Motorrad Vision Next 100. As you can see from the design alone, this bike is hella futuristic, with what BMW is calling a “flexframe”. This extends from the front to the end of the bike that also allows the rider to steer without the typical joints one might expect from a bike.
It is also “smart” in the sense that it comes with self-balancing systems that helps keep the bike upright when standing and in motion, which we guess save for reckless driving should keep riders in their seats without tipping over. BMW also wants to do away with the helmet by giving the rider something they’re calling “The Visor”, which is basically a pair of glasses that can provide information and feedback and can be controlled via eye movements.
With many carmakers focusing on making cars smarter and more autonomous, BMW is showing some love to bikers with this. Of course with this being a concept there’s no saying if it will ever become a reality, plus who’s to say what the future will look like in the next 10-20 years?
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