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Biker Dad: The bike of the future is so safe, you won't need a helmet

Source: BMW Source: BMW
Source: BMW Source: BMW

The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, unveiled Tuesday in Los Angeles, will be so safe that helmets will be obsolete. That's the claim made by the motorcycle company. And that's not even necessarily the most incredible part of the concept motorcycle from BMW.

According to a description on BMW's website: "The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 stands for the ultimate riding experience. Liberated from the need to wear a helmet and protective clothing, the rider is able to enjoy the forces. Acceleration, wind and nature as in touch with the surrounding world, savouring every moment. The design of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 represents the essence of the motorcycle: the perfect synthesis between human and machine."

The motorcycle will be self-balancing for starters, according to the website, "in certain situations, the active assistance systems of the future will also enhance stability and safety by automatically balancing the motorcycle, both out on the road and when stationary."

Then there's the virtual reality visor that comes with the bike, "the right information at the right time. The visor essentially consists of a pair of data glasses that extends across the wearer’s entire field of vision. As well as providing wind protection, it shows relevant data...When combined, the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 bike and the special rider’s gear that has been designed to accompany it form a single functional unit: a Digital Companion that provides the situational information and active support the rider needs. But because biking is essentially about the experience, the Digital Companion remains in the background."

In a bold statement, along with an accompanying promotional video BMW proclaims

Glasses instead of a helmet, light clothing, full balance without a stand: just three of a great many aspects which could become standard in motorcycling and give that feeling of freedom a new dimension in an increasingly digitalised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100.

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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