AV Agusta? Legendary Italian moto-maker MV unveils self-riding 'cycle

Undeterred by Uber's recent 'driverless car' debacle, MV Agusta, a legendary Italian motorcycle marque recently released video of a self-riding MV Agusta motorcycle.

 So far, most motorcycle AV projects look like this BMW C1 scooter modified by  AutoRD  in the UK -- they're bristling with boxes and technology. But the MV Agusta self-riding 'cycle is styled to look almost exactly like the Italian firm's current offerings.

So far, most motorcycle AV projects look like this BMW C1 scooter modified by AutoRD in the UK -- they're bristling with boxes and technology. But the MV Agusta self-riding 'cycle is styled to look almost exactly like the Italian firm's current offerings.

Motorcycle journalists from around the world recently gathered at MV Agusta's headquarters in Varese, Italy, for the launch of the Brutale 800 RR model. At that time, the company's CEO Giovanni Castiglioni told us that he was about to revive the Cagiva brand (founded by his grandfather) and show a new electric motorcycle late this year.

Castiglioni was mum, however, on this far more compelling bit of news: MV Agusta is testing a self-riding motorcycle on Italian highways right now. Although larger brands like Yamaha and BMW have built motorcycle-riding robots and autonomous motorcycles for research purposes, it's fairly clear that the MV project is much closer to a market-ready proposition.

Judging from the video, the MV AV system still needs quite a bit of refinement, but as we've learned, the company has already trademarked 'Ghost' as a model name. We expect it will be the first self-riding motorcycle by any manufacturer, in dealer showrooms by 2020 if not sooner.

 When confronted with our spy video, MV Agusta's third-generation CEO Giovanni Castiglioni told us, "With recent restructuring and new investment, MV Agusta has turned a corner as a company. We are confident that, soon, our self-riding motorcycle, the 'Ghost', will be able to turn corners too."

When confronted with our spy video, MV Agusta's third-generation CEO Giovanni Castiglioni told us, "With recent restructuring and new investment, MV Agusta has turned a corner as a company. We are confident that, soon, our self-riding motorcycle, the 'Ghost', will be able to turn corners too."