Tech firm develops riderless bike to improve automated cars

A remote-controlled C1 is being used to improve driverless car technology

Tech firm develops riderless bike to improve automated cars

TECH firm AB Dynamics has unveiled a riderless BMW C1 which will be used to improve the safety of driverless cars.

The C1 demonstrator is equipped with a steering controller designed by AutoRD to keep it upright while AB Dynamics provided an onboard robot controller running its standard RC software, meaning that the motion of the motorbike can be programmed using the standard RC software and path-following. 

Furthermore, AB Dynamics’ cross-platform Synchro technology allows co-ordination of the motorbike with moving vehicles.

Senior systems engineer Richard Simpson said: “By using our industry-standard RC software, it allows a wide range of potential applications for the driverless motorbike. In this video, we demonstrate that excellent low-speed control is achievable, and also that we can synchronise the bike’s motion with other moving objects. 

"We foresee interest from customers working in ADAS development and from those developing tests for self-driving cars. At the present moment, we have proved that the technology works, and now we are looking for interested potential customers to help us steer further development on this project."

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