Taking Out The Human Element From Driving
It makes sense to use motorcycles for long distance travel. With a motorcycle, you can travel with speed because you can use lesser used roads to avoid city traffic. The motorcycle is also more sustainable and budget friendly for individuals not to mention the fact that you get to have a different individual experience on the countryside. In the UK, there are Kawasaki dealers with a wide variety of road bike range available.
Motorcycle manufacturers like auto makers want to take the human element out from driving. However, similar to the driverless cars that have had their fair share of scepticism and controversy, it is not clear whether autonomous motorcycles will be accepted by the public.
If you are wondering what a self-driving motorcycle does, it is designed so that the rider can sit back and relax because the machine can do the steering, braking and turning. Prototypes of self-driving motorcycles have been created by motorcycle manufacturers for years but it is only now that they are sharing them with the public.
In 2017, Autonomous BMW C1 was released by AB Dynamics and AutoRD and called it as the first self-driving motorcycle. It is run by autonomous software, GPS, sensors, radio controls and rebalancing technology. The motorcycle can run without a driver. However, the problem is, BMW C1 is not available at dealerships. Auto manufacturers are interested in the self-driving motorcycle because they can be used to teach the driverless cars to interact with the two-wheeled vehicles without any risks to human life.
It will take years to build, test and perfect fully autonomous vehicles that is why motorcycle manufacturers are testing the lighter versions of autonomous motorcycles where the driver has some control. Meanwhile, the safety concerns are similar to the self-driving cars where a system malfunction can put the driver at risk. There will also be issues when the self-driving vehicles share the roads with regular cars and motorcycles.
Nonetheless, the better option right now is still the regular motorcycles that you can purchase through Kawasaki dealers in the UK. One of the best sellers is the Kawasaki Ninja 300 that looks like a full blown sports bike but more manageable and affordable.