BMW, a pioneer in adopting motorcycle ABS, has never been the one to hesitate to innovate. In CES 2016, the company has proved it again by introducing an experimental helmet that is overflowing with high-tech features picked up from the auto industry.
The helmet comes with a heads-up display, a technology that is relatively new to the world of motorcycles. The system projects odds of information onto a transparent panel located right in the rider’s field of vision. The helmet will provide information about speed, current gear, turn-by-turn directions, phone calls, other rider’s location and notifications of changing road conditions to the right eye of the wearer. You might find overloaded information here, but according to BMW, the rider could put as much or as little information they want on their screen. That information makes riding a two wheeler safer as the rider can go through important information without taking the eyes off the road.
There is a controller located on the handlebar. The rider can configure the heads-up display using that controller. It comes with two replaceable batteries with a five-hour life power system, and you can neatly integrate it into most of the new helmets without compromising safety or comfort.
Though it’s relatively new, BMW is not the only company developing a helmet with a heads-up display. Another startup Skully has developed their own solutions for the riders so that they don’t have to take the eyes off the road while riding.
BMW’s heads-up display could save a lot of lives from bike accidents. Riders can instantly send a warning to other riders if they see any obstacles in the road. There is a camera built into the front of the helmet that acts as an action-cam while the second camera located behind the helmet acts as a digital rearview mirror, a concept that BMW is still determining. The system is hoped to evolve to production within the next few years.