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Self-Driving Cars Will Be the Best Thing to Happen to Motorcycles

Riding in a car will be safer and boring. Steering a bike will be safer but still fun.
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Self-driving technology promises to pretty much transform the auto industry as we know it. It may also change the business of selling motorcycles—but in a very different way.

It all comes down to safety, according to Karl Viktor Schaller, head of development at BMW Motorrad. When robots are at the wheel, far fewer bikers will die on the road, which won’t be lost on all those people who pine for a motorcycle but have always been too scared to buy one.