Items tagged with Motorcycle

When you think about autonomous vehicles, your mind might immediately drift to cars and vans from companies like Waymo, which have racked up eight million cumulative miles. What your mind doesn’t go to is an autonomous motorcycle, yet that is exactly what BMW Motorrad engineers have whipped up. This autonomous motorcycle is a BMW Motorrad GS R1200 adventure bike, and its panniers aren't filled with riding gear and clothing; rather they are filled with all sorts of tech allowing this bike to start from a stop, ride around corners and curves, and stop again without a human sitting atop the bike. This BMW project is meant to help the company invent safety technology that will make... Read more...
As wearable tech concepts go, the idea of a "smart helmet' — a motorcycle helmet equipped to deliver usable information to its wearer via heads-up visuals projected onto the visor, such as GPS data — really is quite smart, allowing riders to keep their eyes on the road. And even smarter? Configuring said helmet to respond to voice commands, allowing riders to keep their hands firmly on the handlebars. So all of this considered, the LiveMap helmet is indeed one wicked smart piece of wearable tech. The brainchild of a group of Russian engineers, the lightweight Android-based LiveMap helmet is fitted with GPS and voice controls, developed with a $250,000 grant by the Russian Ministry of Science... Read more...
Occasionally we'll report on stories that are off the beaten path for a PC and technology website, and though it doesn't happen often, some announcements and happenings are just too big (or awesome) to ignore. This is one of them. If you're a fan of technology in general or of motorcycles or of Kawasaki (and especially if you're a fan of all three), get ready to dribble your coffee all over your keyboard as we talk a bit about the Kawasaki Ninja H2R motorcycle. This marvel in motorcycle technology is so completely badass that it's not street legal. Yes, you read that right -- it's not legal to ride this particular Ninja on public roads, which puts out an insane 300 horsepower from its 998cc supercharged... Read more...
We aren't exactly living in a Jetsons-esque world where we're all floating about on personal hovercraft, but we're getting there. From UAVs to Tesla electric cars to this, a new 3-wheel roadster that is unlike anything else crisscrossing highways today. The new Polaris Slingshot is a funky new personal vehicle that's designed to act like a theme park ride on the roadway. There's an open air cockpit, side-by-side seating for two, sport-tuned suspension, and a dangerously low amount of ground clearance. And, according to the company, you can "just punch it" and "you are there." In other words, make sure your daredevil of a teenager doesn't find out about this thing. Internally, there's a 2.4-liter... Read more...
Holy smokes, Harley-Davidson is going green! No, we're not talking about a Lime Green motorcycle or anything to do with paint jobs, but a brand new hog that runs on electricity instead of gasoline! To kick off the initiative, which HD is calling "Project LiveWire," the iconic motorcycle maker is taking 22 electric bikes on a tour across the U.S. next week to both promote the new rides and gauge the public's reaction. Early indications are positive. A visit over to project.harley-davidson.com yields an error message that reads, "Due to the overwhelming response, we are experiencing a slight technical delay." Hardly surprising when you stop and think about the significance of this movement combined... Read more...
While Garmin's definitely most famous for its nuvi line of in-car navigation devices, the company has lately begun to branch out somewhat. It makes sense, really--with so many factory cars arriving with NAV built in, Garmin better start looking elsewhere for a steady stream of revenue. To that end, the company is teaming up with automotive powerhouse BMW in order to debut the Motorrad Navigator IV.The motorcycle-friendly GPS navigator is based around Garmin's own zumo 660, and it's said to take the best of Garmin’s navigation technology and add exclusive, BMW specific features such as a customized mount, preloaded BMW dealer database, unique audio and Bluetooth handling capabilities, and more.... Read more...