Wednesday, January 6, 2016

BMW Motorrad presents helmet with head-up display, laser lights



With helmets equipped with BMW's head-up display, motorcycle riders will no longer need to look away from the road to access vehicle information and that will hopefully provide a boost to rider safety

In a step aimed at boosting rider safety, BMW are developing a head-up display for their helmets, which will be presented today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The BMW head-up display projects necessary traffic and/or vehicle information directly into the rider's field of view, allowing the rider to maintain constant observation of the traffic on the road, without needing to look away and peer at the instrument panel every once in a while. The display is fully programmable, allowing riders to choose what information is projected into their FOV. Information available includes things like tyre pressure, oil level, fuel level, travel speed, selected gear, speed limit, road sign recognition, and even warnings related to impending/potential danger.

BMW's helmets with head-up display are fitted with an integrated mini-computer and display parameters can be controlled from the left-hand handlebar, using BMW Motorrad's multicontroller. The best part is, this display technology can also be integrated into existing helmets, without affecting wearer comfort or rider safety. The technology is still in the development phase though, and is expected to be production ready within the next few years.
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